Air passenger bill of rights 'finalized,' out 'soon'
MANILA, Philippines - The passenger bill of rights that will set guidelines on decades-long practices of the airline industry will be released "anytime soon," an official of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said Tuesday, September 4.
"I believe the DOTC finalized it for Secretary Mar Roxas' study and possible signature last week. [It] could be [released] anytime soon," said CAB Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla.
The bill of rights, under a joint administrative order of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), CAB and the Department of Trade and Industry, will lay down the guidelines on several airline practices, including overbooking and rebooking.
The bill of rights is meant to address numerous passenger complaints stemming from these practices.
Roxas, who was recently appointed as Interior Secretary, replacing the late Jesse Robredo, presided over the public hearings on the bill of rights to ensure that concerns of all stakeholders were taken into consideration.
Airline companies earlier appealed bold regulatory moves in the industry, which they argued could make them less competitive.
It is uncertain what the final bill of rights draft contains, but an earlier draft dealt mainly with overbooking, rebooking, ticket refunds, cancelled and delayed flights, lost bags and misleading advertisements on fares.
The bill of rights is one of the pending tasks that Roxas leaves his replacement, Cavite Rep Jun Abaya.
Roxas said he would wait for his confirmation as DILG chief before he formally takes over the post.
Abaya, on the other hand, said he will likely assume his DOTC post in October after the completion of the budget process at the House. Abaya is chair of the House appropriations committee. - Rappler.com