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PHILIPPINES TO IMPORT 500 TONS OF PLASTIC WRAP TO KEEP UP WITH HIGH DEMAND AT MANILA’S AIRPORT

imageMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The government of Philippines President NoyNoy Aquino has confirmed that it will be importing 500 tons (one million pounds) of plastic wrap from various international sources to keep up with increasing demand for the product at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport ( NAIA).

NAIA has been in the headlines recently because of a scheme called laglag bala or tanim bala in which incoming and outgoing passengers at are being questioned and detained for bullets found in their luggage as they pass through airport security. It is alleged that the bullets are being planted by airport personnel with the intent of extorting money from the unsuspecting passengers.

Passengers have resorted to wrapping their checked-in and carry-on luggage with plastic as a way of securing them from airport schemers. image

Some 33 Million passengers go through NAIA each year.  With such high volume of passengers, local manufacturers of plastic wrap just can’t keep up with the increased demand.

Plastic wrap imports from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan are expected to start arriving in the next two weeks, just in time for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit Meeting to be held in Manila.

STATE DEPARTMENT ADVISES OBAMA TO WRAP HIS BRIEFCASE WHEN HE VISITS THE PHILIPPINES FOR THE APEC SUMMIT

imageWASHINGTON, D.C. (The Adobo Chronicles) –  U.S. President Barack Obama is just one of the many dignitaries confirmed to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit to be held this month in Manila, Philippines.

Recent  developments at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have sent chills to the international community and has prompted the U.S. State Department to issue a travel advisory to Americans traveling to the Philippines, including Obama.

NAIA has been in the headlines recently because of a scheme called laglag bala  or tanim bala in which incoming and outgoing passengers at NAIA are being detained for bullets found in their luggage as they pass through airport security.  It is alleged that the bullets are being planted by airport personnel with the intent of extorting money from the unsuspecting passengers.

Obama is known to want to carry his own overnight bag and briefcase whenever he travels to other countries.

The State Department has therefore advised Obama to wrap his briefcase with plastic when he arrives in and departs from Manila so that he is not victimized by the laglag bala schemers.

Many passengers flying in and out of NAIA have resorted to wrapping their luggage and carry-on bags with plastic to prevent the schemers from planting bullets without their knowledge.

SENATOR PROPOSES FOUR-CHILD POLICY FOR THE PHILIPPINES

Binay
Binay

MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – The recent announcement by China that it would soon abandon its controversial one-child policy in favor of allowing all couples to have two children has caught the attention of a Philippine senator.

China’s controversial one-child policy was introduced nationally in 1979 to slow the population growth rate, and is estimated to have prevented about 400 million births.

Though there were exceptions to the policy, most couples who violated it faced punishment, from fines and the loss of employment to forced abortions.

It said the decision was made because of China’s rapidly ageing population and to help support the economy.

In the Philippines, Senator Nancy Binay, daughter of the country’s vice president, is sponsoring a new bill that would put in place a mandatory four-child policy in the country.  No more, no less.

Binay says her proposal constitutes a middle ground between the country’s overpopulation and the need to boost economic productivity.

“While overpopulation is the root of poverty in our country, we also recognize that we need the manpower to fuel the economy, especially at a time when many international corporations are outsourcing their labor requirements,” Binay said.

The Philippines is fast becoming the center of  business process outsourcing (BPO) because Filipinos are hard-working and speak English very well compared to their counterparts in the rest of Asia.

“Four is the magic number,” says Binay, “because it limits families from having too many children  whom they can hardly feed or send to school.  On the other hand, families who could afford to have more than one or two kids, will be encouraged to have more as their contribution to strengthening and stabilizing our labor force.”

The Philippine Senate will soon be conducting public hearings to determine the appropriate punishment or penalties for families who have less than four children, or, more than four.