Apec team in Cebu to check airport’s safety capabilities-A A +A
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
THE Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) is under safety evaluation by a team from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec), which will host a meeting in Cebu next year.
MCIA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said other airports in the country are willing to host the evaluation but they were able to convince the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to choose Cebu.
“We are actually prioritizing safety above anything else and it will really boost our culture and safety if this kind of program will be done here in this airport,” Villarete said.
Apec, through its transportation working group’s aviation safety subgroup, is funding the Airport Safety Evaluation Visit Program (ASEVP).
The program shares best safety practices with medium-sized airports of Apec economies.
Villarete said that to implement this program, Apec works with the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Anthony Maurice Houston, APEC ASEVP team leader, said the safety evaluation visit has two objectives.
The first is to enhance the aerodrome safety oversight program through advanced education, audit training and information-sharing. This will help airports comply with international safety requirements in accordance with Annex 14 Volume 1 Aerodrome of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The second objective is to increase airport safety capabilities.
When asked how safe Mactan airport is, Villarete said all airports handling international flights and international passengers should be issued an Aerodrome Certificate under ICAO Annex 14.
“In the Philippines, it’s only Mactan-Cebu International Airport that has been issued with an aerodrome certificate,” Villarete said.
When asked why the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other airports in the country don’t have the certificate, Villarete said there’s a process and procedure for it.
“We’ve complied with all of the procedures and we passed audit by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). After everything else and having completed our aerodrome manual and safety management systems, CAAP issued aerodrome certificate to us,” Villartete said.
Among those who delivered messages during the official opening of the evaluation were CAAP Chief of Staff Major General Artemio Orozco and lawyer Maria Cecilia Natividad of DOTC operations monitoring service.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 19, 2014.