• ‘Balikbayan’, OFWs told: Carry your own luggage

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    Authorities at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) reminded returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to reject offers from “business personalities” who will ask for favors in exchange for cash.

    “We are expecting thousands of returning OFWs and balikbayan this Christmas holiday from around the globe.
    As port courtesy, the OFWs’ luggage will be excluded from examination and inspection unless there are commercial goods and illegal items such as guns, drugs,” Customs District III Collector Ed Macabeo said on Wednesday.

    Macabeo added that he is reminding the OFWs to carry their own luggage and not accept things from persons they do not know personally and who will only put them at risk.

    He said that during this season, some unscrupulous individuals abroad are taking advantage by offering cash to would-be victims to carry pieces of luggage for supposed recipients in the Philippines.

    Macabeo warned that luggage of OFWs bringing in commercial quantities of goods will be automatically subjected to X-ray.

    Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal has instructed his terminal managers to ensure safe, reliable and convenient operations at the NAIA terminals where thousands of OFWs and balikbayan are expected to arrive this Christmas.

    Terminals 1 and 3 managers Dante Basanta and Ric Medalla, respectively, said their personnel are already in place to welcome thousands of passengers on the second week of the month.

    Airline officials, meantime, were also asked to assist their passengers regarding luggage left behind at their point of origin.

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