Clark airport now under DOTC control

Rappler.com
This is in line with the vision to turn Clark into the country's premiere airport

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III has transferred the supervision and control of the  Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) from the Office of the President to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

The President authorized the transfer through Executive Order 64, dated December 21, 2011, which also effects the transfer of CIAC shares of stock and control over its facilities to the national government.

In issuing EO 64, the President said, “To ensure the continued development of the CCAC (Clark Civil Aviation Complex), there is a need to establish clear lines of authority and accountability by directing a specific cabinet office to exercise primary oversight functions over the same.” He added, “In order for the DOTC to effectively oversee and monitor the development of the CCAC, there is a need to transfer administrative control and supervision over CIAC to the DOTC.”

The President said that the Clark Civil Aviation Complex (CCAC)–which the CIAC has jurisdiction over–is envisioned to be the Philippines’ premier international airport.

He also said that the DOTC “is the primary policy, planning, programming, coordinating, implementing and administrative entity in the Executive Branch in charge of the promotion, development and regulation of dependable and coordinated networks of transportation and communications system, as well as of the fast, safe, efficient and reliable postal, transportation and communications services.”

As its attached agency under EO 64, the DOTC will exercise administrative control and supervision over CIAC.

The CIAC board will be chaired by Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas and vice-chaired by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez. The other members are the general manager of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), the director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and seven others to the appointed by the President upon consultation with the Transportation Secretary.

In 1994, the CIAC was incorporated and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Clark Development Corp. (CDC), with the primary purpose of operating and managing the Clark aviation complex; it became a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).

In 2001, the Clark airport was merged with the CDC, with the latter as the surviving corporation, but in 2003, CIAC was re-established as a subsidiary of the BCDA.

EO 64 takes effect immediately after publication in a newspaper of general circulation. – Rappler.com