Repost: Cebu Pacific lifts fuel surcharge, PAL next


“MANILA, Philippines – Following the directive of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), local carriers Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific agreed to remove fuel surcharge from their domestic and international ticket charges.

CAB issued Memorandum Circular No. 01 series of 2015 calling for the lifting of fuel surcharge on international and domestic flights effective Jan. 8.

The government would not hesitate to impose sanctions on domestic and foreign airlines that would continue to impose fuel surcharge on passengers, CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla earlier warned.

“All fuel surcharge imposition approved by CAB are deemed revoked, hence no fuel surcharge shall be collected from tickets sold from Jan. 8 onwards,” Arcilla said.

All CAB-approved cargo fuel surcharge were also revoked, Arcilla added.

In a statement released Monday, January 12, the Lucio Tan-owned airline would comply with the directive issued by CAB disallowing the imposition of fuel surcharge on airline passengers, PAL president Jaime Bautista said.

“We have carried out the necessary procedural and system adjustments in view of this latest call from [the] government. Rest assured that PAL will always bear in mind the welfare of our customers and the traveling public,” Bautista added.

PAL recently received a directive from the CAB to cease imposing fuel surcharges citing dropping oil prices in the world market.

Cebu Pacific vice president for corporate affairs Jorenz Tanada said the budget airline already removed fuel surcharge in airline tickets since January 9 in compliance with CAB’s directive.

Remove fuel surcharge

On December 22, CAB Issued Resolution No. 79 (BM 10-12-22-2014) lifting the authority of domestic and foreign airlines to impose fuel surcharge on domestic and international flights “with the substantial and continuous decrease of fuel prices in the world market.”

Airlines that would violate the regulation would face sanctions, including fines under Republic Act 776 or the act that reorganized the CAB, Arcilla said.

Domestic and foreign airlines earlier given authority by CAB to impose fuel surcharge include:

  • Air Busan
  • Air China
  • Air Micronesia
  • Air Niugini
  • AirAsia Berhad
  • All Nippon Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific
  • China Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad
  • Eva Air
  • Gulf Air
  • HK Dragon Airlines
  • Japan Airlines
  • Jeju Air
  • Jin Air
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Korean Air
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Silk Air
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Thai Airways
  • United Airlines

The surcharge is between P200 ($4.46) and P500 ($11.13) for domestic flights and as high as P15,000 ($333.86) for international destinations.

Fuel costs account for over 50% of the total operating costs of airlines.

The CAB allows airlines to impose such surcharge to help them recover fuel costs and stem losses caused by the sudden upward spikes in fuel prices.

Per prevailing international practice, fuel surcharge may be reduced or removed as it is not part of the basic fare, depending on the price of jet fuel in the world market.

Data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed price of jet fuel in the world market plunged 43.2% to $71.7 per barrel as of Jan. 2 compared to a year ago. –”



Kris interviews The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cast.

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Janet Napoles! Finally!

Napoles wants to be state witness – De Lima

Secretary Leila de Lima says the DOJ will have to evaluate the affidavit of Napoles to determine if she can become state witness.



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MANILA, Philippines – Alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim Napoles has finally agreed to “tell all” about the controversy and turn state witness, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Tuesday, April 22.

De Lima made the statement in an interview with ABS-CBN at the Ospital ng Makati after talking with Napoles, who is confined at the hospital and is due to undergo surgery to have a myoma removed from her uterus that night.

“She sent feelers before the Holy Week. She said she’s ready to speak up, she’s ready to tell all and would execute an affidavit. That’s why we took her statement now. I agreed to talk to her on those conditions that she should tell all she knows about the PDAF scam,” De Lima said.


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The (mas) kuripot 52-week money challenge: Earning 27k to 137k on barya

This blog is definitely for people like me who’s having a hard time saving. Thank you!

Minimum Compliance

A blog post from Kuripot Pinay on how someone can save almost Php 69,000 a year went viral on my Facebook wall today. The premise is simple: start the first week saving Php 50, and add the same amount every week for 52 weeks. At the end, a person will have Php 68,900.

Fifty pesos seems easy enough to keep weekly, but having to add fifty for 51 more weeks it means that every week from October onwards, you’d have to save at least Php 2,000 a week. Bigat!

So on one lazy January day last year, charts varsity Emerald Ridao came up with modified table, showing how much you’d save with a base amount of Php 20 to a maximum of Php 100. You know, for those who have scuttled under the poverty line after spending more than three thousand pesos on that Starbucks planner.

Saving Php 20, adding…

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Yolanda and the world’s strongest storms. –BY: REYNALDO SANTOS, JR.

MEGASTORM. As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

MEGASTORM. As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team


MANILA, Philippines – Super typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan) has made a mark as one of the planet’s most catastropic storms.

The winds of the super typhoon brought monster winds and giant waves that left a massive trail of death and destruction in various parts of the country.

How does this super typhoon compare with other strong cyclones in earth’s history? Rappler looked at various indicators:

Wind speed

Jeff Masters, Director of Meteorology for the website Weather Underground, described Yolanda/Haiyan to have achieved maximum sustained winds of 195 miles per hour (315 k/h) near the eye, thereby positioning it as among the strongest cyclones in the world in terms of wind stregth.

  • Typhoon Nancy (1961) – 215 miles per hour (346 k/h)
  • Typhoon Violet (1961) – 205 miles per hour (330 k/h)
  • Typhoon Ida (1958) – 200 miles per hour (322 k/h)
  • Typhoon Haiyan (2013) – 195 miles per hour (315 k/h)
  • Typhoon Kit (1966) – 195 miles per hour (315 k/h)
  • Typhoon Sally (1964) – 195 miles per hour (315 k/h)
  • Typhoon Tip (1979) – 190 miles per hour (306 k/h)
  • Hurricane Allen (1980) – 190 miles per hour (306 k/h)
  • Hurricane Camille (1969) – 190 miles per hour (306 k/h)
  • Hurricane Vera (1959) – 190 miles per hour (306 k/h)
  • Hurricane Sarah (1959) – 190 miles per hour (306 k/h)

But since estimates for typhoons from 1940s to 1960s are now considered too high, Yolanda/Haiyan now makes it to the top of the list.

Masters also described the super typhoon as “the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history,” beating the record of the 1969 Hurricane Camille.

Typhoons Nancy, Violet, and Ida also made landfall, but their wind speed decreased prior to hitting land.

Central pressure

Other statistics determine the intensity of a tropical cyclone through its minimum central pressure.

An article in the Autralian Geographic states: “The lower the pressure, the more air gets sucked in to the cyclone, and ultimately it will have more power.”

In this department, Yolanda/Haiyan recorded a minimum central pressure of 895 hectopascal (hPa). The super typhoon is behind other cyclones recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that had lower numbers.

  • Typhoon Tip (1979) – 870 hPa
  • Typhoon Nora (1973) – 875 hPa
  • Typhoon June (1975) – 875 hPa
  • Typhoon Ida (1958) – 877 hPa
  • Typhoon Kit (1966) – 880 hPa
  • Typhoon Rita (1978) – 880 hPa
  • Typhoon Vanessa (1984) – 880 hPa
  • Hurricane Wilma (1953) – 882 hPa
  • Typhoon Nina (2005) – 885 hPa
  • Typhoon Joan (1959) – 885 hPa
  • Typhoon Irma (1971) – 885 hPa
  • Typhoon Forrest (1983) – 885 hPa
  • Typhoon Megi (2010) – 885 hPa

Size / Diameter

As for the size, the cyclone’s gale force winds are usually measured.

According to CNN, Yolanda/Haiyan had a cloud cover that stretched up to 800 km (or 500 miles) long, but still it is behind some other bigger cyclones that have recorded longer distances.

  • Typhoon Tip (1979) – 2220 km
  • Hurricane Sandy (2012) – 1520 km
  • Hurricane Igor (2010) – 1480 km
  • Hurricane Olga (2001) – 1390 km
  • Hurricane Lili (1996) – 1295 km
  • Hurricane Karl (2004) – 1255 km
  • Typhoon Morakot (2009) – 1200 km
  • Typhoon Usagi (2013) – 1110 km

*Note: the list above shows just some of the cyclones that are higher that Yolanda/Haiyan’s record, all based on data reported in various news sites.

Super Typhoon Tip of 1979 is considered the most intense cyclone in terms of size and minimum central pressure. It also used to be among the typhoons with the highest wind speed recorded, until Yolanda/Haiyan happened. –


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