RDC-7 to LGUs in CV: Make comprehensive airport safety, security measure

By: Wenilyn B. Sabalo - CDN Digital Multimedia Reporter | June 27,2022 - 03:26 PM
RDC-7 to LGUs in CV: Make comprehensive airport safety, security measure. In photo is the terminal 2 of the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

The Regional Development Council in Central Visayas (RDC-7) is encouraging concerned local government units to create a comprehensive airport safety and security ordinance similar to the proposed ordinance pushed for the Iloilo International Airport. In photo are planes at Terminal 2 of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) | CDN Digital File Photo (Morexette Marie Erram)

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Central Visayas Regional Development Council (RDC-7) has enjoined concerned provinces and highly urbanized cities in the region to pass a comprehensive airport safety and security ordinance.

Gordon Alan Joseph, the chairperson of the Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) of the RDC-7, presented a pertinent committee resolution before the RDC-7 during its Second Quarter Full Council Meeting last June 23, 2022. The Council adopted the same resolution during the meeting.

According to Joseph, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reported that airports in the Philippines, including those in Central Visayas are not covered by any comprehensive airport safety and security ordinance, which encompasses airport operational safety, operational security, environmental management, and emergency response preparedness, among others.

“In the absence of a comprehensive airport safety and security ordinance by concerned LGUs, CAAP cannot thoroughly appropriately enforce its airport safety and security standards. This obviously will take in the lives of passengers and stakeholders,” he said.

Central Visayas is home to the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, the Bohol-Panglao International airport in Bohol, the Dumaguete Airport in Negros Oriental, and the Siquijor Airport in Siquijor.

Joseph said that in its letter dated February 15, 2022, CAAP requested assistance from the IDC for the issuance of a comprehensive and standardized airport safety ordinance at the provincial level.

The Republic Act of 9497 or the Act Creating Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) mandates CAAP to provide safe and efficient air transport and regulatory services in the Philippines’ jurisdiction over structure, civil aviation system, and the promotion, development, and regulation of its aviation security function.

In the performance of its mandates, CAAP aims to implement, adopt, and meet the international standards on civil aviation, airport safety, and aviation security set forth in the Manual of Standards laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

During the meeting, Gordon also showed the Council a proposed ordinance of Iloilo international Airport provided by CAAP, as an example of an acceptable airport security and safety ordinance.

He said this proposed ordinance aims to ensure public safety and promote harmonization of safety and security regulatory standards by LGUs. It will include airport operational safety, operational security, environmental management, and emergency response preparedness.

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