Kalibo, Aklan – Hundreds of Boracay airport employees will lose their jobs beginning Feb. 16 due to a change of management, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here.
DOLE-Aklan acting chief Carmela Abellar said the separation pay of the affected employees will be released on Feb. 15.
“Our office will see to it that the benefits of the displaced employees are properly addressed,” she added.
The Boracay airport also known as the Godofredo Ramos Airport in Barangay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan is a private airport under the Transaire Corporation – a San Miguel Beer company.
Most of their employees cater to tourists going to and from the world-famous Boracay Island in Malay.
“The management told me that they are having difficulty in managing the airport due to the different policies of various aircraft. An employee could serve more than one company with different policies. To prevent chaos, the management deemed it proper to turn over several positions to the airline companies in the operation of the airport,” Abellar said.
“Although airline companies promised to hire displaced employees because they are already familiar with the operation, it is still not a guarantee that displaced employees would be immediately hired,” she added.
The Caticlan Airport was taken over by San Miguel four years ago to be developed into an international airport./PN