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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business -

THE Mac­tan-Cebu In­ter­na­tional Air­port Au­thor­ity (MCIAA) could be im­ple­ment­ing a “slight” in­crease in air­port fees, if the board ap­proves the mea­sure.

MCIAA Act­ing Gen­eral Man­ager Glenn B. Na­puli said that GMR-Me­gaw­ide Cebu Air­port Corp. (GMCAC), the pri­vate op­er­a­tor of the MCIAA air­port ter­mi­nals un­der the pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP) for 25 years, has ap­plied for a 1.018 per­cent in­crease on top of the present rate be­cause of in­fla­tion.

The fees cover aero­nau­ti­cal and tack­ing fees.

A pub­lic hear­ing was held yes­ter­day to hear the views of stake­hold­ers who will be af­fected.

Na­puli is the MCIAA as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager but is now the act­ing gen­eral man­ager be­cause Gen­eral Man­ager Steve Dicdi­can is presently in Barcelona, Spain for the World Routes Asia 2017.

Na­puli, a lawayer, said that dur­ing the hear­ing, the Manila Air rep­re­sen­tive asked for the sus­pen­sion of any in­crease im­posed on them since they just be­gan oper­at­ing.

How­ever, it did not op­pose any move if the MCIAA will push through with the in­crease.

Cebu Pa­cific asked if an in­crease will push through if there is no more in­fla­tion. Na­puli said that they would not push through if this oc­curs.

For its part, the Philip­pine Air­lines (PAL) rep­re­sen­ta­tive said that any in­crease is an ad­di­tional bur­den to them be­cause they are rent­ing ve­hi­cles to ferry pas­sen­gers and crew once the board­ing bridge is not avail­able.

Na­puli said GMCAC chief ex­ec­u­tive ad­viser An­drew Har­ri­son promised to find a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

The MCIAA board is set to meet and re­view the po­si­tions of stake­hold­ers and de­cide on the mat­ter.

Na­puli added that they will con­duct an­other pub­lic hear­ing once they ap­prove the in­crease be­cause they ex­pect the car­ri­ers to charge it to the pas­sen­gers. SunS­tar Philip­pines

STATE forces may ex­pect an in­crease in their re­spec­tive salaries in 2018 af­ter Mala­cañang has en­dorsed a draft Congress’ joint res­o­lu­tion ad­just­ing the com­pen­sa­tion for mil­i­tary and uni­formed per­son­nel (MUP).

The Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent ap­proved on Septem­ber 20 the draft res­o­lu­tion pre­pared by the De­part­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment (DBM) that aims to dou­ble the base pay of sol­diers and po­lice­men.

The draft res­o­lu­tion, if signed by both the Se­nate and the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, will ben­e­fit a cop with Police Of­fi­cer (PO) 1 rank; a Pri­vate in the De­fense de­part­ment; and equiv­a­lent ranks in the Bureau of Jail Man­age­ment and Penol­ogy, Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion, Philip­pine Pub­lic Safety Col­lege, Philip­pine Coast Guard, and the Na­tional Map­ping and Re­source In­for­ma­tion Au­thor­ity.

A PO1 will en­joy an in­crease in monthly salary from the cur­rent P14,834 to P29,668.

The Pro­vi­sional and Of­fi­cers’ Al­lowances will no longer be part of the MUP’s com­pen­sa­tion since these are granted as an in­terim mea­sure pend­ing the mod­i­fi­ca­tion of the base pay sched­ule.

The DBM, in a state­ment, said the over­all ad­just­ments would re­sult in 58.7 per­cent av­er­age in­crease in base pay for all MUP ranks, which was pro­posed to take ef­fect start­ing Jan­uary 1, 2018.

The bud­get de­part­ment also said the pro­posed pay hike would cost an ad­di­tional P63.4 bil­lion

It said fund­ing would be sourced from the Mis­cel­la­neous Per­son­nel Ben­e­fits Fund and from any avail­able al­lot­ment in the re­spec­tive bud­gets of con­cerned agen­cies.

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