Cebu Pacific Airlines is confident that the conflict between the management and employees of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will be resolved diplomatically and would not affect the country’s present status as an emergent international aviation hub.
The statement came on the heels of the warning from Philippine Airlines officials that a long-drawn conflict on the issue of salaries and other benefits of CAAP employees will paint a negative picture of the country’s aviation industry.
“As we aim to strengthen our linkages with neighboring countries, we hope that our collective efforts in establishing the Philippines’ status as an emergent global aviation hub will not be jeopardized,” the airline management said in a statement.
Cebu Pacific said it considers CAAP an important partner in the advancement of the country’s aviation industry.
CAAP employees held a nationwide protest and asked President Benigno Aquino III to overrule the disallowance of bonuses and salary increases they have already received.
The labor union is peacefully protesting the recent suspension of their salary increases and bonuses, specifically for technical staff. Streamers bearing the sign “Mayday” are now up on 23 air control towers all over the country.
“We share a common goal to provide seamless air transportation in delivering quality service to travelers across the Philippines, and are both committed to safeguarding the welfare of our passengers,” it said.
“Through the contributions of our partners in the industry, Philippine carriers are able to operate flights to more destinations and serve more passengers in the country and abroad.”
“CEB has been made aware of the ongoing CAAP employees’ silent protest with the display of distress streamers at several air traffic control towers nationwide. However, CEB is confident that the labor issue will be resolved diplomatically for the benefit of all parties at the soonest possible time.”
The airline recognized CAAP personnel for their professionalism and dedication by ensuring that there is no disruption in air transport operations despite the silent protest.
“We likewise trust that services for air passengers will remain a priority, and will not be compromised. CEB fully shares the optimism of fellow airlines in anticipation of an immediate and amicable resolution of the issue.”
The agency has 81 airports nationwide, 44 of them handling commercial operations.
There are about 3,500 regular workers, most of whom are technical personnel involved in air traffic management.
CAAP Employees’ Union president Valiant Sucion who led protesting employees at the entrance gate of the agency’s main office in Pasay City said: “We are not asking for more than we deserve. We are demoralized because after working so hard to achieve the President’s marching orders, the GCG [Governance Commission on Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations] disapproves the CAAP’s present salary structure and bonuses.”