Wednesday August 15, 2018

Angeles council wants Clark airport's name reverted to DMIA

Clark International Airport (SunStar File photo)

CLARK FREEPORT -- The City Council of Angeles City wants the Clark International Airport (CIA) reverted to its former name of Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

In Resolution Number 8 Series of 2018, which was approved last August 8, the city councilors enjoined members of the House of Representative to enact into law the official naming of Clark airport to DMIA in honor of former president Diosdado Pangan Macapagal.

Macapagal, the ninth president of the Philippines, was branded the “Poor Boy from Lubao, Pampanga.” He was the first Kapampangan president of the country and the Father of Land Reform, the resolution stated.

In the same resolution, the city council is also asking Duterte to revert the name of Clark airport to DMIA.

In 2003, the airport was named after former president but it was changed to Clark International Airport in 2012, according to the city council.

The retaining of DMIA, stated in the resolution, added “in accordance with the guidelines of the National Historical Commission which states that the proposed names must have historical and cultural significance and must contribute to the positive development of national pride through the good example exhibited by the name being used.”

Clark Field was named after Major Harold M. Clark, an American aviation pioneer who had no known ties with the Philippines, according to the local officials.

“Dropping DMIA in favor of Clark is not justified by the claim that aviation players know the airport as Clark than DMIA and that the airport is tagged by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as CRK while the Ninoy Aquino International Airport retains its name when it is still referred to as Manila International Airport (MNL) by IATA,” the resolution stated.

But, the people of Angeles expressed objection against the renaming of DMIA to Clark International Airport, the city officials claimed.