Some good Samaritans distributed food to the stranded passengers at the Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA), after the city government temporarily suspended domestic flights going to and from the city on Sunday, March 15.

Certain individuals and business establishments heeded the calls of some angry and anxious passengers who took it to Facebook to express the inconvenience experienced at the airport facility.

“Kawawa naman sila doon nakita namin yung situation nila kaya para naman kahit papano makatulong, nagpadala na kami ng tubig at pagkain. Way na rin ‘yon to give back to the tourists and the society kasi sila din naman ‘yong source of income of most of us,” said an owner of a particular establishment.

Donuts, other pastries, and bottled water were given by Baby H MB. and Kalikasan Turismo Uno Travel and Tours by Josephine Palma Ogata provided free accommodation with breakfast to some elderly and passengers with children.

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Actor turned city councilor Matthew Mendoza and his wife personally helped in preparing and distributing food packages and bottled waters.

Palawan Filipino-Chinese Basketball Association also sent snacks and other refreshments.

Melanie Cabalag, a private individual, also helped by sending some snacks and bottled waters.

The provincial government also provided lunch and dinner during the weekend.

“Local tour operator ako and it’s time to return the favor or give back the blessings they gave us as travel operators. So I will extend whatever ang pwede i-extend na help,” another said.

“Mercy flights” were scheduled on Monday, March 16, to help local and foreign visitors in going home. (with reports from Ruth Rodriguez, Shoogar Santos, and Aira Genesa Magdayao)

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