The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday recognized two drivers of public utility vehicles (PUV), who have shown honesty and dedication to their work.
A plaque of appreciation and token were given to Grab driver Arnel Oyardo Lunar and taxi driver Rex Binibini during the flag-raising ceremony at the LTFRB office yesterday morning.
Lunar was commended for saving the life of his passenger, Katrina Andrea Jaena Tolentino, whom he rushed to a hospital in Parañaque when she had a heart attack.
When they got to the hospital, the driver took care of her belongings and even waited and canceled other bookings just to make sure his passenger was safe.
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By Alvin Murcia — July 19, 2018 12:19 AMThe validity of the compulsory retirement age for flight attendants of Philippine Airlines (PAL) has been affirmed by the Court of Appeals (CA). In a 20-page decision released to media yesterday, the CA’s 7th Division reversed a 2015 decision of the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC). The lower court’s order nullified for being discriminatory Section 144 of the 2000-2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between PAL and the members of the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (FASAP). Female PAL flight attendants retire at the age of 55 while their male counterparts retire at age 60 under an agreement forged by PAL and the workers’ group. The petition of PAL was upheld by the CA, declaring the said provision valid and binding. The CA said the early retirement age for female flight attendants is part of PAL’s obligation to observe due diligence in ensuring the safety of the passengers. “Moreover, well-enshrined is the rule that employers have the prerogative to impose productivity and quality standards at work. Even more so for PAL, from which exacting standards are demanded, by virtue of its being a common carrier,” it said. The CA pointed out the biological difference between males and females and how it would affect the performance of their duties to guarantee the safety of passengers. The appellate court explained that the task of a cabin crew is not limited to serving meals or attending to the whims and caprices of the passengers. The major task of a flight attendant, according to the CA, is to look after the safety of passengers and the evacuation of the aircraft during emergencies. “Passenger safety goes to the core of the job of a cabin attendant. Truly, airlines need cabin attendants who have the necessary strength to open m emergency doors, the agility to attend to passengers in cramped working conditions, and the stamina to withstand grueling flight schedules,” the appellate court stressed. The CA said imposing an early retirement for female flight attendants does not place them at great disadvantage compared to their male counterparts. Instead, the appellate court said, an early retirement would give them “a great window of opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes and restore a well-balanced life.” Aside from safety issues, the CA said the said provision was in accordance with the provisions of the Labor Code which allow employers and employees to fix the applicable retirement age at 60 years or below, “provided that the employees’ retirement benefits under any CBA and other agreements shall not be less than those provided therein.” The CA did not give credence to the claim of petitioners which are composed of the female flight attendants of FASAP that the said provision was discriminatory in the context of gender and equal work opportunities. Records showed the questioned provision providing a different compulsory retirement age for male and female flight attendants is not new. Likewise, the CA said that in 1972-1975, 1976-1978, and 1979-198 CBA, the compulsory retirement age was mutually agreed upon to 35 years for female flight attendants and 45 years for male attendants. In 1982-1985 CBA, the compulsory retirement age was increased to 45 for female flight attendants and 55 for male flight attendants, it said. Then, in 1986-1988 and 199-1995 CBA, the compulsory retirement age was increased to 55 years for female flight attendants and 60 for their male counterparts, the CA noted.