Thursday August 16, 2018

Clark airport chief eyes Angeles mayoralty seat

Clark International Airport Corporation president and CEO Alexander Cauguiran (File Photo)

CLARK International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Alexander Cauguiran declared over the weekend his intention to run for mayor of Angeles City in the 2019 midterm elections.

“After much thought, I have decided to help shape the future of Angeles City by running for mayor in 2019,” Cauguiran announced before some 100 barangay leaders and supporters during a gathering he hosted at his residence in Carmenville Subdivision, Barangay Cutcut in Angeles City.

Cauguiran is a renowned civic leader and street parliamentarian during the 1980s and 1990s.

Among the mayoralty aspirants, Cauguiran’s name is consistently mentioned as the most qualified to replace Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, who is serving his third and last term as the city’s chief executive.

“I will greatly appreciate and will be most grateful for the endorsement of Mayor Pamintuan,” Cauguiran said.

“But, in the end, I have to respect whatever his decision may be since our friendship transcends politics, that whether or not I get the endorsement, I have crossed already the Rubicon and there is no turning back. I shall carry on wherever this journey leads me,” Cauguiran added.

Cauguiran served as chief-of-staff of Pamintuan from 2010 to 2016, bringing with him the exemplary, innovative and results-oriented style of management in local governance which helped made Angeles one of the premiere highly-urbanized cities in the country today.

“I do not have the monopoly to claim leadership of the city government. But sincerity is always subject to proof. I have proven my sincerity in the past and I have proven my sincerity in the present. And make no mistake about it—I will prove the same sincerity in the future. In all humility and without malice to anybody, I think that is what sets me apart from the other aspirants,” Cauguiran said.

Cauguiran is currently the president of the 30,000-strong Partido Abe Kapampanga (ABE), an Angeles-based political party accredited by the Commission on Elections.

Throughout his extensive professional and work experience, Cauguiran’s foremost advocacy is the full development of Clark airport.

Cauguiran co-founded during the late 90s the group Movement for the Full Operation of Clark International Airport (MOVE Clark Now) and in 2016, co-founded the Advocacy for Dual Airport Policy or ADAPT, a multi-sectoral coalition which successfully engaged both the public and private sector in helping craft a long-term sustainable plan for the use of Clark as the most viable airport north of manila.

In August 2016, Cauguiran was appointed acting president and chief executive officer of CIAC.

Political analysts in the city attribute his exceptional managerial skills at CIAC to his name’s familiarity among business and investment circles and provincial and city officials as well.

The airport executive completed two consecutive terms as one of the leading Sanggunian Panlungsod members of Angeles City from 1998 to 2004, consistently advancing policy issues especially on poverty alleviation, job generation, and improved trade and investments in the city.

“What Angeles City needs now is a strong leader to continue the legacy of the incumbent mayor. I can offer that strong leadership to sustain the momentum we have gained during the Pamintuan administration as we must blaze new trails and expand our paths to provide a comfortable life to our fellow Angeleños,” he said.

Cauguiran’s corporate leadership caused the increase in the number of airlines, flights, destinations and revenues at the Clark International Airport.

By CIAC’s estimates, the number of passengers will reach 2.5 million by the end of the year, breaking all previous records in Clark’s history.

Only two years after being appointed as CIAC head, Cauguiran already caused additional domestic and international flights, a huge improvement from three to five years ago, with more airlines signifying to mount flights at Clark airport under his leadership.

“That is the motivation why I moved heaven and earth to make Clark airport as one of the major gateways in our country, next to if not at par with Manila and Cebu. It’s all about boosting our local economy