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Sleeplessness a habit at the NAIA

  • Written by Itchie Cabayan
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I was seeing off a relative at the NAIA Terminal 1 a bit before dawn yesterday when queues at the check-in counters of a few airlines began to get long.

When I checked, I learned that the computers bogged down and the personnel at the counter began manually processing the passengers who were checking in their luggage.

Although I was fully aware that it was an unholy hour, I still sent text messages to airport authorities concerned, thinking they would be able to read my text soon as they wake up and maybe do something about it.

Lo and behold! They were not just awake, they were even already taking care of things.

The first shocker came when Public Affairs Division chief Connie Bungag  replied and said the problem is already being taken care of and that NAIA Terminal 1 Manager Dante Basanta was already in the departure area to personally attend to the matter, on orders of course, of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal.

That all of them were already awake and working at such an ungodly hour while the whole country is asleep is really astonishing and worthy of commendation.

I also learned that these officials have been accustomed to this type of work habit ever since and the fact that they are not trumpeting it in the media, makes their kind even more laudable and worthy of emulation. Do these guys ever sleep at all? Let’s hope their tribe increase…


Speaking of NAIA Terminal 1, Basanta took pride in working with Monreal in introducing other visible changes which of course did not escape the eyes of the prying in-house media which included the opening of public waiting lounges at the departure area and the entry of regular taxis at the arrival area to augment the airport-accredited ones.

Private companies were also made to take over the maintenance of the comfort rooms even as wifi signals have been fully enhanced for the convenience of airport users and travellers in particular.

Basanta said closed circuit televisions or CCTVs were also installed to test their functionality and effectiveness for the administration to determine wisely what tech specs can best serve the purpose for which they are being purchased.

And of course, we can tell this early that Monreal’s legacy would be the total eradication of the infamous ‘tanim-bala’ incidents which usually victimized our hapless overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). Praise the Lord!!!


In line with the Yuletide Season, the annual ‘TXTFIRE GRAND EYEBALL’ will be held on December 17, 2016 at the Chiang Kai Shek College Auditorium located at 1274 Padre Algue St. Tondo, Manila.

TXTFIRE founding chair Gerie Chua said the event aims to recognize active fire volunteers and allow then a night of relaxation and fun.

Chua said the occasion will also celebrate the tireless fire volunteers who risk their lives and limbs to fight fire each and every day with no compensation whatsoever.

TXTFIRE Philippines Foundation, Inc. is a non-stock and non-profit organization composed of more than 3,000 fire volunteers and 500,000 TXTFIRE members nationwide, mostly coming from Metro Manila.

Chua said the foundation advocates not only firefighting but fire safety, volunteerism, brotherhood, as well as other related charitable causes.


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Jokjok (from Teo-doro Garing of Bocaue, Bulacan) -- Pedro: Pare ko! Ano ba ang mas mahalaga, pera o asawa?/ Juan: Syempre, pera!/Pedro: Ha? Baket?/Juan: Kasi, ang pera, habang tumatagal, lumalaki ang interes.

Ang asawa, habang tumatagal, nawawalan ka ng interes, tapos, inuubos pa ang pera mo!


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