Davao airport authority pushed

A DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) trustee is pushing for a separate authority to be put up for the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (formerly Davao International Airport) for renovations and better airport operations.

During the weekly presscon at Habi at Kape, Abreeza Ayala Malls yesterday June 14, DCCCII Trustee Arturo Milan said they wish to have the Davao International Airport to have its own independent authority and not anymore under the national government.

“Almost every businessman in Davao is really bent on having an authority in our Davao International Airport. Once it has an authority, it has an autonomous way of governing the airport, meaning, there is a flexibility in terms of financing, improving the facility. Also, we will not be dependent on the national authority. Now, even for the aircon we need to ask approval from the national buddy,” Milan said.

He added if ever that would be approved, the Davao International Airport would be able to raise funds, manage their own funds, and plan the operations of the airport without having to be dependent of the national government’s approval.

In previous interviews DCCCII president Ronald Go and City Tourism Operations Officer (CTOO) head Generose Tecson had also expressed the possibility of the Davao International Airport to be converted under its own independent authority.

Go said the airport is the first thing visiting investors would see upon arrival to the city and whether or not it look good, it would definitely leave an impression to them.

After the budget for the renovation of the regional airports, including FBIA had been unbundled and just recently had been removed as a public-private partnership (PPP) project, Milan said they are hoping that the renovation would already start immediately.

“Not unless this would be converted into an authority, nothing will happen even if we upgrade the facility, but the operations will not really improve because the dependency is with the National Government in all of the airport operations,” he said.
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