September 28, 2018 at 11:20 pm
Joel E. Zurbano
Legacy carrier Philippine Airlines has signed an agreement with the Armed Forces of the Philippines to give travel privileges to all AFP military personnel in the form of discounted domestic economy or business class tickets.
The travel privilege, according to PAL corporate communications division head and spokesperson Ma. Cielo Villaluna is 20 percent off the base fare of a ticket along with the corresponding free baggage allowance.
The other salient privileges include priority during check-in and boarding and acknowledgment during the flight.
Villaluna said AFP personnel may book their flights at any PAL ticket office in the country or through the PAL reservations hotlines.
To avail of the discount, she said, the officers are required to present a valid AFP ID and a travel order for rest and recreation signed by an authorized signatory.
AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. signed the agreement on behalf of the Armed Forces during signing ceremonies at the PAL head office in Pasay City.
In welcoming the new accord, PAL acknowledged the contribution of the men and women of the Armed Forces in bringing peace and development to the country.
The airlines cited the AFP’s heroic role in security operations in Mindanao where soldiers continue to risk and sacrifice their lives.
“PAL has renewed with vigor the grant of said travel benefits to our country’s heroes as a way of providing assistance to them as they travel throughout the country,” said PAL executive vice president/ treasurer and chief administrative Officer Stewart Lim.
Also present during the signing ceremony were AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel Brig. Gen. Erickson Gloria and AFP Morale and Welfare Division Chief Lt. Col. Ma. Noel Tolentino.
Signatories of the agreement on the PAL side were Lim, PAL senior vice president for operations Ismael Augusto Gozon and PAL SVP for legal Siegfred Mison.