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Cebu Pacific offers free flights for stranded OFWs in Hong Kong

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 12/22/2017 Jimenez, Raffy
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Budget carrier Cebu Pacific has offered to provide free air travel seats to accommodate some of the Manila-bound overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded  in Hong Kong after their travel agency failed to confirm their flight bookings on time.

"Cebu Pacific stands behind our migrant Filipinos who encountered problems with Peya Travel and will provide assistance so that our kababayans can have a chance to spend Christmas with their loved-ones in the Philippines," the airline said in a statement.

Cebu Pacific said it has found 50 seats on 5J 110 on December 25, 2017 to accommodate the stranded migrant Filipinos in Hong Kong back to the country despite its flights being fully booked or nearing full capacity.

The flight departs from Hong Kong at 7:25 p.m. and will arrive in Manila at 9:40 p.m.

"Cebu Pacific will shoulder the cost of the round-trip flight of the 50 OFWs who will be flying with us," the airline said.

"We are working with the Department of Labor and Employment and the Philippine Consulate in Hong Kong for the travel arrangements," it added.

The affected OFWs have stormed the Peya Travel office in Central Hong Kong to demand refunds, rebookings, and answers after they were told by airlines that the seats supposedly booked for them could not be confirmed.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier said his department is now coordinating with Philippine Airlines and the Department of National Defense (DND) to arrange flights for the affected OFWs, reportedly numbering between 200 to 1,000. — RSJ, GMA News

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