The Federated Associations of Manpower Exporters, Inc., the country’s largest umbrella organization of licensed overseas employment service providers, yesterday lauded the appointment by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of former congressman Renato Diaz as director of the Civic Aeronautic Board.
In a press statement, the Federation, through its president Eduardo T. Mahiya, said stakeholders in the overseas employment industry are ecstatic over the appointment of the former Nueva Ecija solon who also concurrently serves as presidential adviser for North Luzon Development.
The private overseas recruitment sector and overseas Filipino workers has an ally in former congressman Renato Diaz. When he was congressman, he took up the cudgels for us when the House of Representatives’ Committee on Overseas Workers attended to the serious problem of shortage of airline flights for overseas workers bound to the Middle East,” Mahiya explained.
“He spoke on behalf of the affected sectors by asking the CAB to act on the shortage which was preventing the departure of about 1,000 workers everyday,” he added.
Mahiya said that Representative Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, committee chairman, acted swiftly on the recommendation of former congressman Diaz for the Philippine Airlines to provide sufficient daily bookings for departing overseas workers.
Moreover, the committee also urged the CAB to provide entitlements (flight rights) to Middle Eastern airlines to enable them to have additional flights that will carry OFW passengers directly to countries in the Middle East.
Mahiya said that with Diaz as a CAB director, he could pursue reforms in the agency and offer meaningful contributions towards ensuring that OFWs as passengers are able to leave for overseas work and return to the country without hassle and worry.
“We wish Cong, Diaz well in his new responsibility,” he said.