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Luis Campos wants assurance of job security for workers as gov’t eyes relief for firms hit by COVID-19

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Makati City Rep. Luis Campos said government must make sure that private companies will not lay off workers in exchange for the temporary relief they will receive amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Campos made the statement after government announced its plan to waive airport “landing fees” to help commercial carriers, such as Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, that have been distressed by international travel restrictions and the sudden plunge in passenger traffic.

Airlines pay landing and take-off fees, among other charges, that are levied by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

The “toll fees” at the country’s 42 airports are paid by airlines depending on every aircraft’s gross weight.

“We are all for the grant of provisional reprieves to travel and tourism-related businesses that have been hit hard by the global health emergency, but we would prefer that the concessions be tied directly to the job security of their employees,” Campos said.

“For instance, it might be viable for establishments to keep all their workers and simply put them on job rotation, instead of permanently laying off some while retaining others full-time,” he added.