Boracay airport workers to lose jobs: DOLE


Starting February 16, hundreds of Boracay airport employees will lose their jobs due to a change of management, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

Carmela Abellar, DOLE-Aklan acting chief, said their separation pay will be released on February 15.

“Our office will see to it that the benefits of the displaced employees are properly addressed,” added Abellar.

The Boracay airport in Barangay Caticlan, Malay, Aklan is a private airport under the Transaire Corporation, a San Miguel Beer company. (

Most of their employees cater to tourists going to and from Boracay Island in Malay.

“The management told me that they are having difficulty in managing the airport due to the different policies of various aircraft. An employee could serve more than one company with different policies. To prevent chaos, the management deemed it proper to turn over several positions to the airline companies in the operation of the airport,” Abellar said.

“Although airline companies promised to hire displaced employees because they are already familiar with the operation, it is still not a guarantee that displaced employees would be immediately hired,” she also said.