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Increased flights to Italy help OFWs, tourism – Palace

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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Sunday welcomed the increase in flights between the Philippines and Italy, saying it will benefit local tourism and overseas Filipino workers.

The successful talks between the two countries came months after the European Union lifted a ban on Philippine air carriers because of safety concerns.

Philippines and Italy would now have 14 flights per week as opposed to one flight per week, which has been the case since 1969.

Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a statement released online, said the increase in flights is a boon to the 170,000 Filipinos working in Italy since they can now book direct flights which are cheaper.

Valte also said it will boost Philippine tourism as the country continues to experience an increase in the number of visitors.

The Civil Aeronautics Board said the increase in seat entitlements were agreed upon during bilateral talks in Rome last September 5 and 6.

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  • walaywalay

    its more fun in the PHILIPPINES

    An 81-year-old man was arrested and charged Thursday for allegedly
    raping a 13-year-old girl with a mental disability in Quezon City.

    The alleged sexual assault was caught on camera by a neighbor of suspect Estelito Lucillo, of Banlat, Barangay Tandang Sora.

    SPO1 Helen Banguel of the Quezon City Police District said
    Lucillo’s neighbor Rey Alforte was watching TV on the second floor of
    his house around noon Wednesday when he spotted Lucillo outside in his
    own yard, which he found unusual.

    Alforte then went down and, through a hole in the fence, saw the elderly man in the act of raping a girl.

    The neighbor then took photos of the act using a camera phone,
    which were then shown to barangay authorities, leading to Lucillo’s
    arrest

    • Billy Reyes

      this thing happen everywhere in the World, why you stop living your life if this thing happen.

      • CmdrAdobo

        it’s not happening in singapore bro. Dont just sit down there because it’s happening everywhere.

    • Po-cha

      Hoy WAlay, nawawala ka ata sa katinuan dahil sa kaka-SHABU Mo!

      Apply ka news reporter kay Ely Soryano!

  • pobre0000

    This will really boost tourism because you can enjoy the scene around the airport from your planes window while queued for take-off.

  • Billy Reyes

    170,000 Filipinos in Italy oh wow!! he he..

  • Guest

    170,000 filipino in Italy oh wow he he he.

  • hello stupids

    from i-14 the government must be over the head

    1 European Union lifted a ban on Philippine air carriers because of safety concerns.
    2 is there any other airlines on the same route
    3 the increase in flights is a boon to the 170,000 Filipinos working in
    Italy since they can now book direct flights which are cheaper…..really don’t know how if 13 out of 14 is always empty It will have to be another way round



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