Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gov laments ‘insensitivity’ of airlines

Gov laments ‘insensitivity’ of airlines
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda expressed dismay over the inaction of the country’s airlines in offering their services for the thousands of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) caught in the armed conflict in Libya.

Salceda said Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines were neither seen nor heard assisting in the government’s effort to rescue and bring back the OFWs from the North African nation.

“One week now into the commotions of Libyan repatriation effort, PAL, Cebu Pacific or Air Philippines are still invisible or inaudible. Not a stir. Not even for show,” he told the Inquirer on Sunday.

He urged authorities to look into the airlines’ inaction, pointing out that they had been “making so much profit out of lucrative international long routes with OFW market at their core.”

“They earn so much from OFWs. Now that the OFWs are suffering, they offer no help. It’s called insensitivity. They better have a good explanation, we demand it and Congress must investigate the behavior of Philippine carriers during the Libyan crisis,” Salceda said.

The Albay Assistance Program for OFWs in Libya has been closely coordinating with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) concerning the plight of Bicolano OFWs.
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