This little gem was found on THE European Transport Web Sites .
This may affect the ability for PAL to fly to Europe ..
Air carriers from the Republic of Philippines
There is verified evidence of serious safety deficiencies on the part of all air carriers certified in the Republic of Philippines and of the insufficient ability of the authorities responsible for the oversight of air carriers certified in the in the Philippines to address safety deficiencies,, as showed by the continuation of the downgrading of the country's safety rating to category two by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the framework of its IASA programme, indicating that that the Republic of Philippines fails to comply with international safety standards set by ICAO.
The Competent Authorities of the Philippines have however presented to the Commission on 13 October 2008 a detailed corrective action plan to redress the safety situation of the country's civil aviation, so that, when completed, the Philippines can demonstrate sustainable compliance with ICAO standards both in the State oversight system and in the operations of air carriers licensed by these authorities. According to that plan, approximately half of the corrective actions are to be completed by 31 December 2008, the remaining ones by 31 March 2009.
In the framework of the USOAP, the competent authorities of Philippines have requested ICAO to delay its comprehensive inspection of their national Air Transportation Office, previously scheduled for November 2008, until October 2009.
The European Commission intends to carry out, with the assistance of the Member States, a safety assessment of the competent authorities of the Philippines, including the verification of the implementation of the abovementioned corrective actions plan, early 2009, to be able to decide the appropriate course of action at a