THE House committee on government enterprises and privatization has approved a proposed law seeking to create the Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA) that will administer and operate the Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also known as the Davao International Airport, in Davao City.
The committee, chaired by North Cotabato Rep. Jesus Sacdalan, approved House Bill (HB) No. 2002 which is principally authored by Deputy Speaker and Davao City Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano who said the creation of the DIAA will have a positive effect on the economic development of Davao City and the Davao Region.
“The DIAA creation will substantially contribute to the quest of the Davao region to emerge as the premier socio-economic tourism center not only in the Philippines but also in the Asia-Pacific Region. Furthermore, the DIAA creation will also spur further economic growth of the surrounding provinces in Mindanao,” said Garcia-Albano.
During the hearing, Cebu City Rep. Raul V. del Mar, a co-sponsor of HB No. 2002 together with Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, defended the bill in behalf of Garcia-Albano who was indisposed at that time.
The Francisco Bangoy International Airport (FBIA) is one of the busiest airports in the country.
It also serves as the gateway to the sub-regional trade block known as East Asean Growth Area which is the center of economic cooperation in Southeast Asia that aims to accelerate trade, tourism and investment among its participating member countries like the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and lndonesia.
With the country’s existing open skies policy, Garcia-Albano said it is the best time to enhance the quality of services and competitiveness of FBIA by creating a body that will principally undertake the control, management and supervision of the FBIA, and such other airports that may be established in Davao City and the provinces of Davao.
“The DIAA as a centralized body clothed with corporate personality will focus on adopting policies to exploit the potential of the FBlA to be a first-class international airport and will also implement new technologies and efficient methodologies to improve its competitiveness so as to provide a safe and more efficient air transport service which is an essential element of any growing economy,” said Garcia-Albano.