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MANILA- The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) joins the global civil aviation community in commemorating the 73rd year of the Chicago Convention, also known as the Convention on International Civil Aviation at the CAAP corporate office in Pasay City.

The purpose of International Civil Aviation Day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States, and of the unique role of ICAO in helping States to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.

(Left) CAAP Deputy Director General for Administration Ricardo Banayat, DDG for Operations Capt. Don Mendoza, DOTr Usec. for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo,
Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco, MIAA GM Ed Monreal 

(Left) CAAP Deputy Director General for Administration Ricardo Banayat, DDG for Operations Capt. Don Mendoza, DOTr Usec. for Aviation and Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco, MIAA GM Ed Monreal, Iloilo Airport Area Manager Efren Nagrama, Davao Area Manager Agnes Udang, Tacloban Area Manager Dan Abareta, Puerto Princesa Area Manager Percy Malonesio

The event was in recognition of 8 Philippine airports (Iloilo, Bacolod-Silay, Davao, Tacloban, Luguindingan, NAIA, Kalibo, Puerto Princesa) that earned a star rating for On-Time Performance (OTP) based on the results of the ‎2016-2017 Official Aviation Guide (OAG) survey.

DOTr Undersecretary for Aviation & Airports Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, CAAP Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal, Philippine Airlines Jimmy Bautista, Cebu Pacific Lance Gokongwei and top aviation officials and airline stakeholders attended the celebration.

CAAP Director General Captain, Jim C. Sydiongco said that the Philippine’s aviation regulator has been resolute in its efforts to abide by ICAO’s guidance, resulting in obtaining achievements that have created numerous opportunities for the profitable and sustainable growth of the Philippine civil aviation sector and the provision of safe and secure air travel for the Filipino people and the international civil aviation community as a whole.

Sydiongco said that the intensified threats to air travel in general has necessitated a closer and vigilant focus on enhancing the application of technologies and protocols to mitigate its risks on air travelers.

He said that the quickened pace of liberalization and convergence in aviation sector, as exemplified by the ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM), has exerted an impulse for collaboration and inclusiveness both among CAAs and stakeholders as well.
 
Sydiongco added that CAAP should always be guided by ICAO’s pronouncements in applying its twin pillars of regulatory mandate – aviation safety and good corporate governance.