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Poe on bed bugs at NAIA: ‘That’s an issue in other countries as well’

/ 04:27 PM February 29, 2024

THE BACKBONE OF PH ECONOMY: Saying that living wage is a need that must be addressed, Sen. Grace Poe lauds the passage of Senate Bill No. 2534 or the proposed P100 Daily Minimum Wage Increase Act on third and final reading during Monday’s plenary session, February 19, 2024. Poe pointed out that there are safeguards and existing laws in place in order to cushion the impact of P100 daily wage hike law on job security, inflation, and micro, small, and medium enterprises. “I urge employers with the means to provide supplementary allowances or benefits to extend this assistance to their employees. In the end, the labor sector is the backbone of our economy,” Poe said. (Joseph Vidal / Senate Social Media Unit)

Senator Grace Poe (File photo from Joseph Vidal / Senate Social Media Unit)

MANILA, Philippines — The bed bug or ‘surot’ infestation at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) is an issue that is plaguing foreign countries too.

Senator Grace Poe expressed this view in a text message on Thursday.


“That’s an issue [in] other countries as well. In France, train stations and some hotel rooms are affected. There is an increasing infestation problem,” said Poe.


The senator heads the Senate panel on public services.

While she noted that this is not an isolated incident, Poe still urged the management of NAIA “to make it a practice to regularly check disinfect and thoroughly clean facilities.”

She made the same call to all maintenance units of private and public offices.

“Cleaning and disinfecting should be a standard operating procedure, not just during a virus outbreak or infestation,” she emphasized.

NAIA earlier drew flak after two Facebook posts alleging that the terminals’ steel and rattan chairs harbored bed bugs went viral.

Manila International Airport has apologized for the incident.


It likewise ordered the implementation of better sanitation measures at the airport’s facilities.

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