PAL to give preferential "must-ride status" to Comelec deputies
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (23 February) -- The Philippine Air Lines (PAL) have been directed to give preferential accommodation of "must-ride status" to officials, employees and deputies of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) traveling on official business.
Per Comelec Resolution No. 8716 that has designated PAL and its President deputies of Comelec in connection with the May 10 elections, its officials and employees throughout the country are also directed to effect the immediate shipment, delivery and transmittal of Comelec cargo and other election matters.
The same resolution has deputized the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to inform the transport sector that it is unlawful for any operator or employee of a public utility or transportation company operating under a certificate of public conveyance to refuse to carry official election mail matters, free of charge, during the election period.
Meanwhile, Atty. Renato A. Magbutay, Regional Elections Director of Region 10, said the following government financial institutions, government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations (GFO/GA/GOCC) have been deputized by the Comelec to help come up with an honest, orderly and peaceful elections (HOPE):
Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Finance (DOF), Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost), National Telecommunications Office (NTC), Department of Energy (DOE) and all electric cooperatives, Philippine Air Lines (PAL), Telecommunications Office (TelOf), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on audit (COA), Dep. Of Budget and Management (DBM), PIA (PIA), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Development bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS).
Social Security system (SSS), Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), National Food Authority (NFA), National Electrification Administration (NEA), National Printing Office (NPO), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Commission on Population (Popcom). (PIA 10) [top]