ClAC cleans up ranks; sacks 7 Clark airport workers

By Joey Pavia, BusinessMirror Correspondent

Posted at Jul 09 2014 07:40 AM | Updated as of Jul 09 2014 03:40 PM

CLARK FREEPORT - Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President and CEO Victor Jose Luciano has dismissed seven workers assigned at the Clark International Airport, including three personnel of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), for their alleged involvement in the travel-tax scam on passengers.

In a statement on Tuesday, Luciano said the dismissal of the three Tieza workers, three Miascor Ground Handling workers and a janitor of the McKleene janitorial service came shortly after the CIAC ordered an investigation of the reported “travel tax scam.”

The dismissed workers were reportedly victimizing passengers at the Clark airport, offering “a discounted travel tax” of P1,200 per head from the usual P1,620, the CIAC said. Luciano said two CIAC workers are being investigated for allegedly conniving with the dismissed workers in the scam.

He said the access passes of the two other erring employees have been revoked, pending the investigation.

The CIAC did not identify the seven sacked workers and the two who are being investigated.

Luciano said an investigation by the Philippine National Police Aviation Security (PNP-AvSe) Group revealed five Tieza, three Miascor and a janitor of McKleen personnel were allegedly victimizing passengers of the Clark Airport by offering a “discounted travel tax rate” of P1,200 per head. Luciano said no discount is being offered at the Clark airport. The travel-tax of P1,620 is being collected by Tieza (formerly the Philippine Tourism Authority) from Filipinos traveling abroad.

Luciano had earlier asked Tieza and Miascor to investigate illegal activities at the Clark airport after he received reports that some of their personnel were allegedly involved in the travel-tax scam. The scam was uncovered when three passengers of a Cebu Pacific flight complained on April 22, to CIAC authorities that some personnel at Clark Airport were offering “discounted” travel-tax rate to passengers bound for abroad.

“We are warning personnel working at the Clark airport to refrain from engaging in any illegal activity because these will not be tolerated and the guilty will be punished,” Luciano said.

Luciano reminded passengers to immediately report illegal activities being perpetrated by airport personnel to the proper authorities.

“We assure our passengers that we will exert all efforts to address their concerns and weed out erring employees in the process,” he said.