Kapampangan appointed to US federal aviation body

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014


ANGELES CITY -- President Barack Obama has appointed a Kapampangan as assistant administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Airports, a United States government authority that regulates and oversees civil aviation in North America and over the world.

Eduardo Alfonso, a native of La Paz, Tarlac, left Angeles City as a teen and settled in San Francisco, California with his mother.

Alfonso finished his law school in San Francisco and served as City Attorney. He was also designated as legal counsel of San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports.

Alfonso, in a statement, said that he will focus on the "safety and security" of airports in the US to improve services and prevent terrorism.

Alfonso was nominated by his peers in the US aviation industry and was chosen by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

He is an avid supporter of the Obama administration having supported his campaign in the past.

As Assistant Administrator for Airports, Alfonso is in charge of planning and developing projects involving airports, overseeing their construction and ensuring their compliance with federal regulations.

The FAA is divided into four "lines of business" with specific roles for Airports, Air Traffic Organization, Aviation Safety and Commercial Space Transportation.

“I am truly honored and humbled to be an FAA administrator under President Barack Obama’s administration. I am now a fabric of American history, as a member of the team of the first African-American US President,” Afonso said.

The “opportunity to serve this great nation is an exclamation point on my already fulfilled American Dream. I can only hope that my fellow Filipino immigrants, who come from a similar marginalized background, can find inspiration in my personal story of success. Kaya natin lahat!” he said.

Alfonso is a relative of businessman Manny Alfonso, owner of Rib Eye Restaurant and journalist Arnel San Pedro of the Clark International Airport Corporation’s Corporate Communications Office.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 05, 2014.

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