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Transport dept. cites stoppage of ‘tanim bala’, high-quality CCTVs in NAIA as major achievements in first 100 days
By Aerol Pateña

MANILA, Oct. 6 (PNA) -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has cited the stoppage of the 'tanim bala' incidents and the development of a high-quality CCTV system at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) as the most significant accomplishments of the aviation sector during the first 100 days of the Duterte administration.

Transportation Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Roberto Lim said the department was able to sign an agreement with the Philippine National Police-Aviation Security Group not to apprehend passengers caught carrying bullets.

Instead, these passengers will undergo profiling to determine if they have links to any terrorist or criminal group and if they have any criminal intention in carrying the bullet. They would also be allowed to board their flight provided no firearm comes with the bullet.

“Passengers will now be able to have a safer flight without any delay,” Lim said during a press conference Thursday.

The NAIA is also developing a state-of-the-art CCTV system at no cost to the government and is testing proof of concept before procuring the CCTVs.

“We want to perfect the system through proof of concept. If we determine that it works, we might consider bidding out for the purchase of CCTVs as it will benefit the government,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade explained.

Furthermore, all NAIA terminals now have cleaner and renovated toilets, additional seats for waiting passengers and high-speed Wi-Fi connection.

On-time flights have also increased from 47 percent to 71 percent because of general aviation restrictions and better slotting in airport runways.

NAIA Premium Buses were also launched traversing the NAIA-Makati and the NAIA-Roxas Blvd. routes. Regular taxis have also been allowed to pick up passengers at designated points in NAIA terminals to reduce their waiting time.

Certain domestic flights of Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Philippines' Air Asia have already been transferred to Clark International Airport in Pampanga province to decongest NAIA. Ground handlers have added a number of critical ground service equipment (GSE) to service diverted flights with the immediate purchase of additional equipment for motorized passenger stairs.

The department will finally install an Instrument Landing System (ILS), which is expected to lead to lesser flight diversions due to bad weather. The ILS will enable aircraft to land if the pilots are unable to establish visual contact with the runway through the use of transmitted radio signals.

The transportation department is also developing 15 airports to have the capability for night landing operations. (PNA)
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