MANILA, Philippines — Aviation services provider MIASCOR said it would appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte “to kindly reconsider his position” after the Manila International Airport Authority terminated its contract over the luggage theft involving the firm’s employees at Clark International Airport.
Duterte ordered aviation and transport officials to terminate MIASCOR’s contract following the incident that victimized a returning overseas Filipino worker who lost P84,000.
On Friday, MIAA general manage Ed Monreal wrote MIASCOR president Fidel Harmon Reyes, saying: “Following the expiration of the Lease and Concession Agreement dated July 8, 2014 between the MIAA and MIASCOR last March 31, 2017, please be advised that the Agreement shall no longer be renewed.”
He asked the company to vacate the airport complex and terminals within 60 days.
“We shall formally issue an appeal to the President to kindly reconsider his position on behalf of our almost 4,000 regular employees and their families who will be affected,” MIASCOR said in a statement Saturday. “It is unfortunate that the actions of six erring employees in Clark International Airport have negatively impacted the Company.”
MIASCOR said it and Clark airport authorities “acted very quickly and placed those allegedly involved under preventive suspension.”
“They have since been terminated and criminal and administrative charges have been filed against them,” it added.
The firm also said it “immediately reached out” to the theft victim, Jovenil Delacruz, “upon learning about this unfortunate incident and we have already reached an amicable settlement.”
“We would like to stress that we do not tolerate this type of behavior from any of our employees,” the cmpany said. “MIASCOR is committed to conducting its business with the highest standards of compliance and ethics. And every employee is expected to demonstrate professionalism, honesty and integrity.”
“The recent incident does not define what MIASCOR stands for and how it operates,” it said. “MIASCOR has been in operations since 1974 and has presence in several key airports in the country, including NAIA, providing aviation services.”
MIASCOR said its customers “and the traveling public can attest to our service excellence and through the years the Company has been a major contributor to the growth of the country’s aviation and tourism industry” and vowed to “do everything it can to remedy the situation.”