PUSO SA SERBISYO: PAL BRINGS HOME STRANDED NATIONALS
In the maelstrom of the prevailing pandemic, heroic acts continue to shine bright as beacons of hope. Exemplifying such heroism, the Philippine flag carrier, Philippine Airlines, undertook a “sweeper flight” to ferry home Australians stranded in the country in repatriation flights from April 18 to 19, 2020.
Sarah Criselle Mendoza, an OMNI alumna now flying with PAL, and one of the volunteers for the said flight, narrated the experience, from preparation to the actual flight. “We were told to be in the office at least 2 hours before the [Estimated Time of Departure] as [the] safety briefing will be discussed,” she related. According to her, two sets of crew worked the turnaround flight. “The service is now simplified,” Sarah added. According to her, several adjustments were made to standard flight routine to ensure the safety of both the crew and passengers.
The brave ensemble of crew that rose up to the call of duty were made up of Capt. Arvin Arceo and First Officer Josef Cyril Chavez, with Flight Purser Wilfredo Abelo and Flight Attendants Ma. Iris Jolina Ramos, Lorraine Tibayan, Hyacinth Lou Vales and FSs Patrick Renedy Lanting and Martini Mark Guerrero for the first leg. Meanwhile, the second crew led by Capt Alan Obra and First Officer Niño Fernando Santos, were Flight Purser Maria Elva Barrientos, with Flight Attendants John Erickson Damaso, Glenn Markthon Reaño, Kriz Paul Pasion, Jana Monica Jamarillo and Sarah Criselle Mendoza.
“Seeing these people finally going back to their homes to see their families and loved ones is the most rewarding part of this mission,” Sarah spoke in behalf of her colleagues.
According to philtimes.com.au, Manila-Melbourne and Sydney-Manila flights will be taking off on Tuesday, April 28.