New airport official bares plans for facility 

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Saturday, September 24, 2011


CLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- Newly-appointed Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Director, former Capas mayor Reynaldo Catacutan, was appointed Vice-President for Airport Operations Management.

Catacutan, a three-term mayor of Capas and former board member of the Province of Tarlac, was appointed to the post last August 31, 2011, during the 8th Special Meeting of the CIAC Board of Directors in the Clark Freeport Zone.

Departments under the Airport Operations Management include the Airport Terminal Department, the Aviation Security Department, the Engineering and Maintenance Department, the Emergency Services Department, and the Procurement and General Services Department.

Catacutan’s plans include the improvement of the operations at the Clark International Airport, particularly with the government agencies that are working at the Clark airport.

“We would like to improve the image of the Clark airport as well as the operations with the help of the agencies involved in airport operations, such as the Bureau of Immigration, the Departments of Agriculture, the Department of Health, and the PNP Aviation Security Group, among others,” Catacutan said.

He aims, primarily, to address the negative image that has been portrayed by some passengers that have had unfortunate experiences at the airport.

“We will address these through effective community relations and public relations,” he pointed out.

Catacutan added that he would also like to promote and market the airport in the Northern Philippines through a roadshow that he had hinted to recently.

“I will meet with local government officials in the Northern Philippines to promote the airport and the flights that are now available to various destinations in the Asia-Pacific Region,” he stressed.

Two years ago, CIAC conducted a three-month promotion and marketing roadshow and product update to promote the Clark airport and its services in the North Philippines. The roadshow covered the provinces of Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte in the Northern Philippines, and Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon and one overseas roadshow in Hong Kong.

Catacutan said he would also like to focus engineering efforts on the development of the Terminal II project that would provide more services to airlines that could conduct operations at the Clark airport.

Another aspect that he would like to focus on is the securing of the area covered by the Clark Civil Aviation Complex, comprising a total of 2,367 hectares that have been declared under the jurisdiction of CIAC by virtue of Executive Order 716.

“I have suggested the hiring of additional security personnel to secure the area covered the civil aviation complex,” Catacutan said.

He also suggested the hiring of additional Emergency Services personnel.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 25, 2011.

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