CIAC, frontline agencies swap info on airport concerns

The Clark International Airport Corp. recently held a meeting with at least four government agencies involved in the operations of the privately-run Clark International Airport to ensure government services are efficiently delivered to the traveling public.

CIAC OIC President Nancy Paglinawan said the agencies committed to ensure rigid compliance with the provisions of the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) and the safety of passengers at the Clark airport.

Republic Act No. 9485, or the Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007, aims to promote transparency in government transactions with the public.

“As in any part of the globe, airports are public utilities and a public concern, so a major part of the government’s oversight functions is information exchange with major frontline agencies,” Paglinawan said.

In the meeting held at Clark were officials and representatives from the Bureau of Customs Port of Clark, Bureau of Immigration, Philippine National Police Aviation Security Unit, and the Bureau of Quarantine.

“The regular inter-agency dialogue is essential for all of us to revisit government protocols and comply with ARTA, to immediately address concerns, to formulate service standards and improve frontline service procedures,” Paglinawan noted.

Other government agencies involved in airport operations are the Office of Transportation Security, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the Bureau of Plant Industries.

“We have to ensure that the airport facility is operated and maintained safely and securely in accordance with international standards, and other safety and security laws, rules and regulations,” Paglinawan said.

The Department of Transportation late last year assigned CIAC to exercise oversight functions and regulatory supervision by convening Clark-based government agencies, and the monitoring of activities occurring within the aviation complex, including the Clark International Airport operated by the private consortium Luzon International Premier Airport Development Corp. (LIPAD).

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