Parallel runway vs. air traffic sa NAIA, posibleng aprubahan ng NEDA ngayong linggo

admin   •   September 10, 2014   •   3161

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) façade (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Isusumite na ngayong linggo ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) sa National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) ang proposal para sa paglalagay ng parallel runway sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Layunin nito na mabigyang solusyon ang matagal ng problema sa air traffic ng paliparan.

Ayon sa CAAP, taon-taon ay pitong bilyong piso ang nawawala sa mga airline company dahil sa air traffic sa NAIA.

Mahigit tatlong bilyon ang naaaksaya sa gasolina at mahigit tatlong bilyon sa engine maintenance dahil sa mga delayed flights.

Ayon kay Capt. John Andrews, Deputy Director General ng CAAP, masosolusyunan ang air traffic congestion kapag naaprubahan na ng NEDA ang P2 billion parallel runway project na tinatayang matatapos sa loob ng dalawang taon.

“We are confident that this project will be completed before the term of the president ends.”

Ayon pa kay Capt. Andrews, di hamak na mas mura ang gastos sa pagtatayo ng bagong runway kumpara sa naaaksaya ng mga pasahero at airline companies.

Sinabi pa ni Andrews na tataas rin ang capacity ng NAIA ng 60 aircraft movement kada oras kumpara sa 40 sa kasalukuyan.

“Flight delays may still happen in times of bad weather but overall we expect an increase of passenger loads by at least a significant number, and normally delays will be the thing of the past.”

Ang 2.1 kilometer parallel runway ay itatayo sa loob rin ng NAIA complex.

Una rito, ilang hakbang na rin ang isinagawa upang mapaluwag ang NAIA kabilang dito ang paglilipat sa Terminal 3 ng limang malalaking international flights na dating nasa Terminal 1. (Mon Jocson / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Duterte defends EO 128; insists order is just temporary

Maris Federez   •   April 20, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday gave his assurance that the executive order that he signed lowering the tariff on imported pork is just a temporary measure.

In his pre-recorded Talk to the Nation aired on Monday night, the President responded to the move of the Senate to recall Executive Order 128.

The president said that while he understands the senators’ move, his finance managers believe that their decision will help the businessmen who can import pork to bring down the price of pork and pork products.

“I can understand from where the senators come from, and there is also the domestic supply they intend to protect. And they are vehement about it. I think that they think that they are right,” the president said.

Duterte, however, said that as soon as the price of pork goes down, they can always recall the said order.

“Problem is yung mga managers ko, mga finance, I’d like to mention Secretary Dar, NEDA, and maybe Sonny Dominguez, are really in favor. Para sa kanila, the managers ng departamento ko believe that it would, in the end, tutal kung medyo malakas na yung domestic market and there is a movement, madali lang naman eh, we can always withdraw the EO that I signed,” he said.

“It’s just a temporary measure really to bring down the prices, but the senators see it in a different light,” he said.

The president insists that his order will contribute greatly to the benefit of the people.

“I’m sure that itong mga senador they have already their stand. I know that they’re insisting to it, while we — yung mga managers ng department ko — kami yung nag-iimplement, kami yung nagpapagalaw. We implement certain measures that could redound, we believe, to the benefit of the people,” the president further said.

Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary William Dar said that while the setting up of price ceiling from February to April has helped in bringing down the country’s inflation rate from 4.7 to 4.5, the tendency of some traders was to bring up the prices of the locally produced.

Dar added that the president’s EO was to address the insufficient supply of pork in the market.

“The range of 388,000 metric tons po ang kakulangan at ang demand po natin this year based sa 15 kilos per capita consumption ay nasa 1.6 million metric tons po ang demand. Kung titingnan natin ang supply ay nasa 1.2 million metric tons. So talagang may pagkukulang po tayo ng supply dito sa taon na ito. Gawa naman nagshrink, bumaba po yung ang local food production ng 25%,” he said.

He further said that the EO was not designed to bring down the hog industry.

“We are not killing the local hog industry. Ang inaangkat lang po natin, mahal ng pangulo ay yung kakulangan lang natin itong taon. So yung mga measures na pinapatupad po natin, through your approval, ay mapababa natin ang inflation kasi bababa talaga ang presyo sa merkado dito sa mga imported pork. So yung EO 128 was a result of painstaking process. And that’s why the lowering of tariff will really lower down the pork prices in the market,” he said.

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua also stressed that the EO will help in lowering the country’s inflation rate to 3.8%.

NEDA forecasts that with the implementation of the EO, the price of pork will drop from more than P300 per kilo to P215 to P220 per kilo.

“We are in a COVID crisis right now. We cannot afford that the people will have both an income problem and a price problem,” Chua stressed.

With the explanations of DA and NEDA, the president hopes that the public will understand the economic managers in arriving at certain levels of decision to make it more responsive to the demand of the economic situation of the Philippines.

CAAP reports no serious damage caused by Typhoon Bising

Maris Federez   •   April 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Sunday (April 18) reported that Typhoon Bising has not caused any serious damage in Regions 5, 8, and 12.

CAAP said that the aerodrome in Legazpi, Albay is on normal operations, with precautionary measures implemented days before typhoon landing in preparation of its effect.

Personnel reported for duty in accordance with their regular work schedule (on standby alert), while offices were secured and had been fortified with plywood.

CAAP added that airport employees were instructed to be on standby alert.

Meanwhile, the Airport Manager in Virac, Catanduanes reported that they have installed typhoon guards at the terminal building.

The report said that offices were secured and fortified with plywood and other available materials and that office equipment and documents were secured by personnel. They were also instructed to be on standby alert.

The airport management also said that NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) was filed regarding the suspension of aerodrome operations due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In Region 8, CAAP stated that due to the strong crosswinds experienced by Tacloban, airport authorities have canceled all inbound and outbound flights.

In Region 12, CAAP said that Butuan, Siargao, and Surigao airports are under normal operations.

It added that, as of Sunday evening, there have been no reported flight cancellations as the weather in the region remains relatively fair.

Given the precautionary measures that the aforementioned airports have set up in preparation for Typhoon Bising, CAAP said they have not received any reported damage to airport facilities as of Sunday night.

CAAP said that it is continuously monitoring airport status per strict instructions from Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and CAAP Director-General Jim Sydiongco. —/mbmf

IATF approves use of automatic contact tracing via smart messaging system

Maris Federez   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Saturday (April 10) approved the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority to use automatic contact tracing through smart messaging system.

A statement issued by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Sunday said this is to further strengthen and improve the use of System – the official social distancing, COVID-19 health-condition reporting, and contact tracing system of the government.

“To ensure interoperability and integration of all contact tracing applications integration in the System, there will be an initial beta-testing, together with the proposed messaging, of the Smart Messaging System in Pasig City due on May 1, 2021, and beta-testing in the consortium of Antipolo and cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Valenzuela due on May 1, 2021, with access to COVID-19 Document Repository System (CDRS),” the statement said.

The IATF has also adopted the recommendation on the immediate completion of the transfer of ownership of the CDRS, and its immediate integration with the StaySafe.PH System and other local contact tracing systems and applications, to the Department of Health (DOH), Roque said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has been directed to be the overall lead in the implementation of the project, while the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), is directed to lead its national interoperability.

The DOH, on the other hand, is in charge of ensuring the integration of the System with the CDRS.

The DILG shall be convening with the DICT and the DOH to formulate the necessary action plan with specific timelines and targets for the said project.


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