THE Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has taken full responsibility for the breakdown in the power supply to the Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) on New Year’s Day that grounded flights and affected thousands of passengers as well.
“On behalf of CAAP and DOTr, we again extend our sincerest apologies to all those who were inconvenience and greatly affected by this circumstance, which is something we are not proud of,” CAAP DG Manuel Antonio Tamayo said at the Jan. 12, 2023 Senate hearing on the issue.
“We take this as a lesson and we manifest to this honorable committee and fellow Filipinos that we take full responsibility and accountability for what happened. We commit to see through this ordeal and remain transparent in all our dealings and of service to the Filipinos in ensuring that our skies are safe,” he added.
In the same hearing, former Transportation Secretary Art Tugade strongly repudiated media reports that P13 billion of funds supposedly for CNS-ATM were diverted to other projects at the airport.
“Walang na-divert pagkat ang project na CNS/ATM is what we called a loan funded project. Ibig sabihin ang proseso nyan ang nangangasiwa is JICA,” the former transport chief explained.
He clarified that loans from other countries undergo tedious processing before being released to contractors and not under the executive agency.
“There’s a process when the payment will be released. Were the funds released to the DOTr? No, the funds were released to contractors,” he added.