MORE than three decades after it was christened “Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA),” there’s now a move in Congress to again rename the country’s premier international port of entry.
It will be recalled that after the EDSA People Power Revolution, the government, through Republic Act (RA) No. 6639, changed the name of the Manila International Airport to NAIA in 1987.
Now, three lawmakers have filed House Bill (HB) No. 7031, which seeks to rename NAIA to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas (PPP), drawing cheers from various sectors of Philippine society.
Spearheaded by presidential son Deputy Speaker Paolo “Pulong” Duterte of Davao City, the snowballing move in the House of Representatives is aimed at strengthening the country’s identity.
Aside from Duterte, the other authors are Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco and ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric Go Yap.
Velasco, chair of the House committee on energy, said changing the name to PPP will reposition the country as a choice tourist destination “after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is over.
Yap, chairman of the House appropriations committee, said: “Gusto nating paglapag pa lang ng eroplano dito, pangalan na kaagad ng bansa ang bubungad sa ating mga balikbayan at dayuhang turista.”
The young Duterte said the proposed name of the airport “bears no color, no political agenda,” adding “it only signifies our warmth as Filipinos in welcoming our (returning) ‘kababayan’ and foreign visitors.”
The filing of the proposed measure has given the Lower Chamber of Congress, particularly the three authors of HB No. 7031, another boost in the eyes of the people at this time of national emergency.
Without doubt, the three House leaders are in the right path in seeking to rename the country’s premier international airport to “Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.”