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‘Don’t come to NAIA terminals in groups’

Monreal is limiting visitors passes to NAIA terminals. #nCoV #NAIA #EdMonreal

Anthony Ching



Let us say our goodbyes at home, Monreal advises families of travelers. (S Dimarucut)
In support of government efforts to contain and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) in the country, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) is requesting the public to refrain from coming in groups to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) passenger terminals.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal on Friday appealed to families and friends of all passengers not to bring highly vulnerable people to the airport, especially children, elderly, immuno-compromised individuals and those with medical conditions to protect them from possible exposure to the virus.
“This call is being made not to alarm the public. This is our simple way of supporting  inter-agency efforts to prevent and contain the spread of the virus,” Monreal said.
“Let us say our goodbyes at home and not go to the airport in groups when meeting a passenger. It is very hard to fight tradition, but in times like this, everyone should look out for their own safety, ” the airport chief added.
To ensure compliance with the directive, Monreal said he is exercising his prerogative in granting access to the four NAIA terminals by limiting the issuance of visitors passes for the purpose of sending-off or meeting passengers. Exception will be given to cases when a companion may be necessary such as medical patients, person with disability, or unaccompanied elderly, minor or pregnant woman.
Exception is also given to government repatriation efforts and activities in fulfillment of government international commitments.
Issuance of passes to VIP rooms will likewise be limited to airport reception of official guests of the government and of foreign embassies, he said.
To further prevention efforts, Monreal is suspending familiarization tours, movie/ad filming and other non-airport related activities.
He also advised his administrative chief to confine deployment of student on-the-job trainees to MIAA offices that are outside the four NAIA terminals.
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