NAIA-3, hot, hotter, boiling
NAIA is the best symbol of what is incorrigibly wrong about our country. NAIA stands for something no self respecting Filipino can be proud of. Mention NAIA and our heads bow in shame and our blood boil.
Last Thursday afternoon, Boo Chanco’s wife and mine took both a Cebu Pacific flight from NAIA-3. This is why I copy here some excerpts of Boo’s article published in the Philstar. Both women found NAIA 3 hot as an oven. The employees of the concessionaires there told them that it had been like this since Holy Week.
NAIA 3 is the only half decent terminal we have. And this cannot be happening at the peak of the tourism season.
It is stupid to spend hundreds of millions of pesos convincing the world it is more fun in the Philippines and then welcome visitors in an airport that is hot as an oven. As they go in and out of our country, that would be their first and last impression.
Boo then sent a text message to DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya to ask what’s going on. He texted back that he will find out what is wrong. That makes one wondering. More than a month of no air con in the heat of summer in a major terminal and the DOTC Secretary is unaware?
Credit Secretary Abaya for quickly texting back to inform that the NAIA general manager told him that there is air con ‘naman daw’ but it is just too hot the two chillers cannot take it. So he will put in another chiller the next day daw.
What a poor excuse! We have been having really horribly hot summer days for weeks now and the NAIA general manager has made the brilliant decision to put in less than the required number of chillers working? And now he will put in a third because the DOTC Secretary found out?
Most likely, the chillers are not working at full capacity, if at all, because of lack of maintenance. Or maybe he is trying to save on electricity but that is unfair because passengers are paying terminal fees. And why invest hundreds of millions of pesos in a tourism campaign and penny pinch on air conditioning?
If this retired air force general was working with Ayala, Rockwell, SM, Robinsons or even Megaworld, he would have been out of a job in the first week of no air con. Retired generals who can’t manage should just stay retired.
Cheers Boo – once again a true and punching article. Please continue!