Baggage porter services at Naia to be privatized


Arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Starting March 1, the baggage porter services at Naia will be privatized, the government operator of the country’s premier gateway said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO

MANILA, Philippines—Beginning March 1, the baggage porter services at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) will be privatized, the government operator of the country’s premier gateway said Thursday.

The Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa), in a statement, said arriving and departing passengers interested in availing of porterage services may do so for a fee of P50 or $1 per baggage.

Miaa general manager Jose Angel Honrado said the use of pushcarts at the Naia terminals will remain free of charge.

In its last regular meeting, the Miaa board awarded the contract to a professional service provider, which submitted the best offer during a public bidding held last Jan. 25.

The privatization of the service will translate to increased revenue for Miaa, which can be used for the further improvement and upgrading of facilities and services at the Naia, Honrado explained.

The Miaa did not identify the company that won the contract. The bidding invitation posted online late last year stated that the contract will be for one year and Miaa will be paid a minimum of 10 percent of the company’s monthly gross income.

According to the Miaa, porterage counters will be situated at the entrance of the terminals for departing passengers.

Arriving passengers, meanwhile, can avail themselves of the service at the porterage counters to be located after the customs counters at the arrival area.

Conspicuous signage in strategic areas will be in place for the information and convenience of the traveling public.

The free porter service was previously handled by the LBP Services Inc., which employed around 300 porters in Naia’s four terminals. The new porter-service provider is expected to absorb most of the LBP contractuals.

Other big projects that the Miaa is set to bid out this month and in March include the installation of 24 units of new baggage X-ray machines worth P93.6 million; the commissioning of 14 units of full-body scanning equipment worth P196 million; and the setting up of hydraulic security vehicle barriers worth P71-million in nine airside gates.

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  • Edward Solilap

    All the returning OFW will be the regular victims of these Porters back the old days racket in the Manila International Airport.

  • Juan

    Ano ba talaga ang deal sa porter? do you call them or they approach you? and how much should you give?

  • tower_of_power

    What are you waiting for guys? Privatize the whole airport … looks like our “best” government employed managers cannot even manage a toilet!!! Those making appointments must likewise, be privatized … puro mga hindi marunong pumili ng toilet manager … hahahah!!!

  • les21reago

    These PORTERS make the airport like a MARKET…wala nang pinag kaiba ngayon ang PALIPARAN sa BUS Terminals.
    Itong si Honrado puro pagkakapirahan ang nasa ISIP..palibhasa appointed pa eto ni CGMA…and dinadahilan for Airport improvements///HOY Honrado lokohin mo and sarili mo nagbabayad na ang bawat pasahero nang Terminal FEE…Stop KOTONG on passenger…This is a blatant airport robbery in the making…
    Calling Secretary ABAYA of the DOTC and Sec. Gimenez of TOURISM…This will have have adverse NOTION on tourist coming into the country…This is an AIRPORT not a Bus or Pier terminal.

  • Paliwaweng

    dollar na lang ibayad, bale 40 pesos lang kumpara sa piso na 50 per baggage. 
    At saka dito na magsisimula ang kotøngan, kasi may dahilan na silang mangikil, at malamang itatago nila ang mga trolley para doon sa mga magpapabuhat ng bagahe.
    Sasabihin sa’yo ‘sir, wala na pong trolley’..
    Nitong mga nakaraang bakasyon, hindi talaga ako nagpapabuhat dahil di ka papayagang umalis ng mga porter hanggat di ka ‘nagaabot’.
    Kukulitin ka.

    I will be arriving this March 10, l will try to make a video of this.

  • TheComplainer

    libre pala yung mga porters na yon?akala ko may bayad kaya hindi ako nagpapabuhat.

  • Yobhtron

    Baggage porters must not ask any passengers
    for money.  Please put policemen at the arrival area parking lot.
     There are still some pseudo baggers that extorts money from balikbayans.

  • E Rigby

    It’s about time that this service be privatized.  The government should slowly but surely pull itself out of directly managing businesses within the airport.  Any service or function that can be privatized should be privatized as soon as possible.  Any business that remains in government hands tends to become inefficient and also tends to be come a breeding ground for graft and corruption. 

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