Philippine Airlines and Manila Police District are on the right track

November 15, 2018

Once again, Philippine Airlines (PAL) lived up to its tag and status as the country’s flag carrier when it got voted ‘Most Improved Airline for 2019,’ according to the Australia-based airline review firm AirlineRatings.Com.

The new international victory, according to PAL spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna, is the fourth major global accolade to be received by PAL  this year.

In February this year, the Filipino airline was certified as a ‘Four Star global airline’ by the international rating firm Skytrax after excelling in rigorous independent audits of PAL’s inflight and ground services and products.

Then, the London-based Skytrax also gave PAL the 2nd Most Improved Airline for 2018 Award last July, based on worldwide passenger surveys.

Most recently, on September 25, PAL received the Four Star Major Regional Airline 2019 award from New-York based Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), again based on a comprehensive verified passenger voting system.

In addition, PAL also earned a 7-Star Safety rating -- the highest possible, still according to Villaluna -- from last September 30.

The Filipino flag carrier likewise vaulted to the Top 50 World’s Best Airlines rankings as well as Top 30 Best Cabin Cleanliness rankings of Skytrax, both in July this year.

For ‘the most improved airline’ award 2019, the AirlineRatings.Com praised PAL for its initiatives ‘to expand its global footprint using new generation fuel-efficient aircraft equipped with the latest cabins.’ 

AirlineRatings.Com editors emphasized that PAL’s ‘bold expansion plans and its commitment to a next-generation, easy product’ made it a stand-out for the most improved airline. 

A highly-elated PAL President and COO Jaime Bautista said the world is taking notice of the continuing transformation of PAL.

“This recognition will inspire the PAL team to further enhance and level up our products and services so that our beloved passengers can enjoy a convenient and comfortable travel experience. I hope it will also inspire Filipinos everywhere to dare to be achievers and strive for excellence in a world of big challenges,” Bautista said, as he also credited PAL’s team of hardworking professionals ‘dedicated to maintain and sustain a high quality brand of service that is fueled by the Heart of the Filipino service philosophy’.

The AirlineRatings.Com is a leading global authority on airline safety and product ratings with an estimated 25 million visitors from 232 countries, and widely recognized for its annual Airline Excellence Awards.

Congrats, PAL!!! I’m positive that with its determination to keep on improving, the flag carrier can eventually earn the highest Five-Star Certification it is now working on to achieve.


The surprise drug test recently ordered done by Manila Police District (MPD) director Chief Supt. Vicente Danao on the officials under his command is a first step toward the right direction if they are to continue waging a no-nonsense campaign against illegal drugs and crimes as well.

The said test, made mandatory, was ordered conducted by Danao simultaneous with the command conference he called for at the MPD Headquarters in Ermita, Manila.

It also stemmed from the arrest of PO1 Redentor Bautista who was reportedly caught in the act of sniffing cocaine inside a bar in Taguig City, a couple of days or so before Danao got installed as the new MPD chief.

Danao said he wanted to know if any ranking official is into illegal drug use and warned that any official found using drugs will be dealt with accordingly.

This is a good move on the part of Danao, specially since most, if not all of the time, only the lower-ranked policemen are made to undergo such testing.

It is important that all those holding key positions in the MPD, supposedly the country’s premier police force, are ‘clean’ in so far as drug use is concerned, considering the adverse effects of drug addiction specially to how the brain works.

This will finally answer persisting rumors or end speculations that some MPD members, including officials, are actually hooked into drugs.


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