Cebu Pacific offers ‘Go Lite’ seat sale

Cebu Pacific (CEB) is offering a P999 ‘Go Lite’ seat sale to any domestic destination this January 22-24, 2010, for travel this March 1-31, 2010.

CEB recently awarded Rie Shimoda, a division manager for a finance consultancy company in Tokyo, with four round-trip gift certificates to any domestic or international destination in CEB’s extensive network.

She was at the boarding gate, waiting for her Manila-Osaka flight, when her name was called as the airline’s 40 millionth passenger.

Due to this milestone, all domestic destinations are up for grabs for the ‘Go Lite’ seat sale fare of P999. This includes Kalibo (Boracay), Cotabato, Calbayog, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Catarman, and Busuanga (Coron).

Guests who prefer inter-island flights can take Cebu hub flights (Cebu to Clark, Legazpi, Puerto Princesa and Ozamiz, among others) or Davao hub flights (Davao to Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Cebu and Manila).

Those with check-in luggage will just add P100 upon booking. “Since CEB started operations in 1996, we have been introducing great value fares to the traveling public. We truly thank every Juan for their support,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog.

“We hope our passengers can take advantage of our P999 seat sale as they start their summer vacations, visit family and friends, and travel for business this March,” she added.

For inquiries or booking needs, For booking needs, passengers can check out http://www.cebupacificair.com or call the CEB reservation hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888.

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PAL offers fare discounts

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is offering discounted, short-term promotional fares on flights to all its domestic jet destinations and most major international points as the flag carrier marks the arrival of its second Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Dubbed “Valentine Special,” the promo drops PAL fares to a flat rate of P777 for a one-way flight on Fiesta Class (economy) between Manila and any point in Luzon or Visayas, and between Cebu and Davao.

For one-way flights on Fiesta Class between Manila and any point in Mindanao, the promo fare is P1,777.

Covered by the promo are PAL-operated flights between Manila and Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laoag, Legazpi, Ozamiz, Puerto Princesa, Roxas, Tacloban, Tagbilaran and Zamboanga; as well as between Cebu and Davao.

In the international sector, PAL is offering the following special round-trip, Fiesta Class fares between Manila and choice destinations: $128 for Hong Kong, Macau or Taipei; $158 for Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City; $178 for Singapore or Jakarta; $258 for Osaka or Shanghai; $328 for Beijing; $518 for Tokyo; and $798 for Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Passengers availing of the Tokyo promo enjoy the added perk of flying in style onboard the luxurious B777-300ER, PAL’s brand-new, state-of-the-art aircraft.  PAL takes delivery of its second B777 on January 21, 2010.

The promo fares already include surcharges but are exclusive of government taxes.  They are non-refundable although rebooking is allowed.

These fares are available for ticketing until January 25, 2010 and are valid for travel from February 1 to March 15, 2010.

Those availing of the promo may do so on a “book and buy” basis via www.philippineairlines.com, at any PAL ticket office or through accredited travel agents.

For inquiries, passengers are advised to call PAL Reservations at (02) 855-8888 in Manila, (032) 340-0191 in Cebu or (082) 222-0366 in Davao.

Impact of piracy on seafaring industry

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has recently convened with its partners and stakeholders in the seafaring industry to address the impact of piracy on Filipino seafarers and their families in Somalia.

The tripartie meeting  tackled issues on how to alleviate the effects of piracy on waters off Somalia to the families of seafarers and the seafaring industry.

Among the measures discussed were the provision of psycho-social counseling and support services for the abducted and their families, emergency financial assistance and strict monitoring of compliance to the rules set by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) governing board resolution.

The POEA board resolution states that ship owners, managers and manning agencies hiring Filipino seafarers should ensure that vessels transiting through the Gulf of Aden “shall pass only within the Maritime Security Patrol Area,” submit an appropriate security plan to all ships passing through the area, provide training to their crew on how to avoid, react and cope with piracy and other related incidents, and  immediately report to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and DOLE any incidents of piracy involving their ships and share their experiences in handling these incidents.

DOLE SEc. Marianito Roque has directed the POEA and OWWA to spearhead this effort to put in safety nets and safety measures to protect our seafarers.

The tripartite meeting will serve as a blueprint to protect seamen from the continuing hijacking incidents in Somalia area.

Roque said that the piracy in Somalia has come to an alarming proportion, affecting not only the Philippines, but other European countries and the United States as well.

“While some have measures in place, we want to set stronger safety nets for our seamen.”  In November alone, four incidents of hijacking were reported in which 71 Filipinos were abducted.

Last year, 16 abduction incidents were reported involving 197 Filipino seafarers but all of them have already been released.