AROUND 300 workers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal 1 were displaced by the terminal’s rehabilitation that started last month.
Since most of them were not rehired, the displacement has caused their families to suffer.
The workers were employed as service staff, sales clerks, supervisor and managers of restaurants, kiosks and coffee shops.
The P1.3 billion rehabilitation project led by the Department of Transportation and Communication is due to be completed by January 2015, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
Work on the terminal includes structural retrofitting, architectural upgrade, mechanical, plumbing electromechanical and fire protection system.
The affected workers claimed that MIAA General Manager Jose Angel Honrado did not give them enough time to transfer their establishment to look for new jobs.
One affected worker said finding a new job is difficult especially when you are quite old.
The MIAA said it had already sent notification to the concessionaires since December last year, “so as not to hamper the construction works of the projects.”
Honrado earlier appealed for everyone’s cooperation and understanding as the rehabilitation process is in full swing.
The affected workers said they also asked the Department of Labor and Employment if they could avail the livelihood programs of the department similar to the livelihood projects being offered to the displaced overseas Filipino workers.