The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) today signed a Government Fares Agreement (GFA) with the Procurement Service, an attached agency of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) headed by Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno. This Procurement Service administers the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS), the agreement that entitles government employees discounted fares on official business trips.
The DBM Procurement Service, through PhilGEPS, intends to centralize the air ticket purchase of government agencies, which is noted as one of the most needed items in the government’s procurement operations.
Under the said agreement, all official travels of government workers will be granted discount and waiver of processing fee along with fees for rebooking.
“With this partnership, government offices can purchase airline tickets faster and easier, as CEB is now part of their system of suppliers. We are pleased to contribute to this initiative, making air travel more convenient and accessible to our workforce in the government. We are looking forward to flying more government employees as this will also cultivate financial and economic growth of the different regions and provinces in the Philippines,” said Lance Gokongwei, President and CEO of Cebu Pacific.
“This agreement promotes fair and open competition among the major airlines towards the best value for money for government agencies,” said DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno.
“This is a huge step into our goal of getting the highest value for the hard-earned money of our Filipino taxpayers,” he added.
CEB currently offers flights to a total of 36 domestic and 30 international destinations, operating an extensive network across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. Its 58-strong fleet is comprised of six Airbus A319, 36 Airbus A320, six Airbus A330, eight ATR 72-500, and two ATR 72-600 aircraft. Between 2016 and 2021, CEB expects delivery of two more brand-new Airbus A330, 32 Airbus A321neo, and 14 ATR 72-600 aircraft.