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DOTr, CAAP inspect Philippine Air Traffic Management Center

Jaime Bautista
DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista conversing with an ATMC personnel during the inspection of the facility on 5 April 2023. (JERRY S. TAN)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently conducted an inspection of Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (ATMC) led by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista and Director General Manuel Antonio Tamayo, In anticipation of the surge in air travel during the upcoming Holy Week holiday.

This inspection is in line with the DOTr and CAAP’s Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Semana Santa and Summer Vacation 2023 initiative, which aims to ensure that all transportation facilities in the Philippines are prepared for the increase in passenger traffic during the Holy Week holiday.

ATMC building
DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista and CAAP Director General Captain Manuel Antonio Tamayo walking toward the ATMC building. (JERRY S. TAN)

During the inspection, the team assessed the readiness of the Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) facilities to handle the expected increase in air traffic, ensuring that all equipment and personnel are operating at peak efficiency to guarantee safe and efficient air travel for passengers.

Director General Tamayo emphasized the importance of maintaining the highest standards in aviation safety, especially during peak travel seasons such as Holy Week. “We take the responsibility of ensuring safe and efficient air travel very seriously,” he said. “That’s why we’re taking proactive steps to ensure that our CNS/ATM facilities are prepared, that our contingency plans are ready for all situations, and that communication lines remain open among critical facilities and personnel during this busy time.”

The inspection was conducted in accordance with international aviation standards and best practices, and the CAAP will continue to closely monitor its operations throughout the Holy Week travel period.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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