AIR ASIA is opening 2021 by continuing its commitment to helping the tourism industry recover from the major setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, through the promotion of safe and affordable air travel — this time with the PISO Sale.
The latest offering will help stimulate air travel as domestic tourism starts to show positive signs of recovery, in conjunction with various plans of the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the near future. This is coupled with the easing of travel restrictions in most parts of the country which is viewed by most Filipinos as a chance to rediscover their travel goals which were sidelined during the height of the pandemic last year.
The adaptation of “travel bubbles” by local government units (LGUs) such as Boracay and Bohol meanwhile, gives further assurance of having strict health and safety protocols in place as travelers can now head back to many of their favorite destinations.
AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said, “AirAsia has always been a strong partner of the government in promoting travel and tourism. It’s about time we #RED-yscover the Philippines and support local industries that have been providing a livelihood to millions of Filipinos. Aside from this, it is also part of our mission to understand deeply the needs of our guests, so we can give them the best deals to cater for pent up travel demand. We are optimistic that the PISO Sale along with the health and safety protocols implemented by the LGUs will lead to a revitalized tourism industry in 2021.”
PISO Sale is AirAsia’s regular seasonal campaign which aims to further boost domestic travel. The rock bottom fares are also expected to entice more travelers. PISO base fare to selected domestic destinations is available through airasia.com from January 11 to 17, 2021.
Guests can choose to travel from Manila, Clark and Cebu to exciting beach and eco-tourism destinations such as Bohol, Caticlan (Boracay) and Puerto Princesa starting January 11 to March 26, 2022. Also, guests can enjoy from as much as 60 percent off on other travel deals when they visit airasia.com.
As the nation confronts various challenges in 2020, BOC-NAIA sustained efforts to perform its mandate of border protection, trade facilitation and revenue collection.
Despite the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BOC-NAIA headed by District Collector Mimel Talusan, worked 24/7 and ensured all needed PPEs, medical supplies, and donations were released on time.
Last December 15 ,2020, BOC-NAIA was also recognized by the Philippine Red Cross Chairman, Senator Richard Gordon, as one of the agencies with the “Most Distinguished COVID-19 pandemic government response.”
For 2020, through the implementation of various online processes, BOC-NAIA contributed a total of P 33.7 billion in revenues to aid government projects.
The BOC-NAIA in partnership with PDEA and NAIA IATG was able to intercept 43 shipments of illegal drugs with an estimated aggregate value of P 1.72 billion; P1.16 million worth of illegally- imported meat products; P23.2 million worth of misdeclared goods; P 2.5 million worth of medicines without permits; P1.5 million worth of gun parts and accessories;P11.7 million worth of intercepted jewelries; and P29.87 million of undeclared currency.
BOC-NAIA for 2020 seized a total of P1.79 billion worth of illegal goods.
Two Customer Care Centers were also opened at the BOC NAIA main office and in Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) to serve as a One-Stop shop or a central hub for Customs-related transactions and to further assist NAIA stakeholders in their inquiries and concerns.
“Indeed 2020 was a very challenging year, but with the guidance, leadership and reforms of Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and the unwavering dedication of BOC-NAIA officials and entire team, BOC-NAIA attained significant performance in terms of revenue performance, border protection and trade facilitation for year 2020. BOC NAIA will continue this commitment In providing government service 24/7,” Mimel said.
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