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Art Tugade and his inherited headaches
August 24, 2016 - Rappler

https://ppp.gov.ph/?in_the_news=art-tugade-and-his-inherited-headaches

The new transportation chief’s tall order from the President: No long waiting lines in all public transport

MANILA, Philippines – The glitch-ridden Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3), a dilapidated international airport, a legal roadblock on a much-needed common train station, and the surge of private vehicles on the streets are some of the headaches Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade had inherited from his predecessors.

“There will be improvements [within 100 days], but don’t expect me to solve all these on Day One. The traffic problem in the country is a product of a decade of negligence,” Tugade said on his first day as the country’s transportation chief.

On his 19th day of watch, one of the runways of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) already failed him, after a 5-inch deep crack was found on the asphalt overlay. This led to 28 flight diversions, at least 40 cancelled flights, and hundreds of frustrated passengers.

But Tugade was quick to apologize and address the inconvenience.

Filipinos on social media compared this to how his predecessor Joseph Emilio Abaya reacted to similar situations.

Impatient, incorruptible

For Tugade’s former and current colleagues, the way he acted on the NAIA runway closure incident shows how he is as a public servant.

“He knows accountability. He wants to get things done and solve problems under his turf as fast as he could,” Victor Luciano, a board member of the Civil Aeronautics Board who has worked with Tugade for decades, said in a phone interview.

Asked to describe Tugade as a colleague in a sentence, Luciano said: “He is an incorruptible, impatient action man.”

“His weakness could be… he is impatient and can be tough when it comes to asking his employees for results. He hates mediocrity. You might also hear him curse whenever they (employees) sugarcoat. Well, all he wants from his co-workers is transparency. You can’t blame him,” Luciano added.

Luciano said Tugade will even skip sleep for days just to get things done.

“I think he expects the best from his co-workers because he himself doesn’t do mediocre, lackluster jobs. He does all his duties through hard work,” he added.

For Transportation Undersecretary Noel Kintanar, the transportation chief, who works even on Sundays, serves as a good role model for them.

“Our boss really works hard and we are trying to keep up with him,” Kintanar said on the sidelines of an ANC transportation forum.

His remarks were echoed by transportation spokesperson Cherie Mercado.

“Secretary Art doesn’t give up. He works really hard to get things done – even if it means thinking outside the box. If there are barriers to what he wants to achieve, he’ll think of other means,” Mercado said on the sidelines of a media briefing last week.

The NAIA runway closure incident served as a wake-up call for the newly-installed transportation chief and his entire department, which led them to lay out a more detailed plan to address the country’s transportation woes slowly but surely.

For transportation expert Rene Santiago, it’s a good sign.

“Starting one’s tenure with low-hanging fruits can produce early wins,” Santiago, president of infrastructure consultancy Bellwether Advisory Incorporated, told Rappler via email.

“While Metro Manila is still very much a battleground for transport and traffic, I think the Department of Transportation Secretary should work on an urban mass transport project in one of our major cities,” University of the Philippines professor and former National Center for Transportation Studies (NCTS) director Jose Regin Regidor said in an e-mail correspondence.

After the NAIA runway crack mess, Tugade detailed his plans to solve these transportation headaches one step at a time.

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Decongesting NAIA

Last repaired in 2011, NAIA runways are long due for another overhaul and proper maintenance.

“I want all runways examined. I want all runway repairs and maintenance to be contained in the computer. I want it to be technology dictated so that when it’s time to do the asphalt overlay all the technology will just tell and you know it’s about time that asphalt overlay is required.”

This was Tugade’s quick order to his department when a NAIA runway was temporarily closed last July 18 due to a deep asphalt crack.

“Although it was irritatingly painful, it was also a learning experience. We will not allow for it to happen again,” Tugade said on July 18.

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PAL building elevated walkway linking Terminals 1 and 2 of NAIA
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 02:38:33 AM »
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PAL to build elevated walkway linking Terminals 1, 2
By: Victor C. Agustin
October 31, 2016 7:50 AM

Philippine Airlines plans to build an elevated walkway with a walkator to connect Terminals 1 and 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to lessen passenger interconnection time and help reduce vehicular traffic within the congested corridor.

The distance between the two terminals is just about 400 meters,  said PAL president Jaime Bautista.

Similar to the popular above-ground pedestrian passageway that connects Legaspi Village with Ayala Center, the elevated airport walkway would cost around P250 million.

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Re: Fixing NAIA
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2018, 12:49:54 PM »
NAIA among 2018 most improved airports: Skytrax
By Ma. Cristina Arayata and Aerol John Pateña  March 22, 2018, 5:33 pm

http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1029676

MANILA -- The country's premier gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), has made it to the top 10 of the world's most improved airports based on the 2018 World Airport Awards conducted by Skytrax, an international air transport rating organization.

NAIA placed 10th in the award based on the relative year-on-year quality performance by all airports featured in the World Airport Survey.

Rome Fiumicino Airport was named as the World's Most Improved Airport in 2018, with Perth Airport coming in second place, and Calgary International Airport in third.

“I think it is basically the little things that we have done. The little efforts that the team has implemented with the cooperation of all stakeholders… the improvement of the facilities that we’ve implemented so far,” Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal said in a press briefing Thursday.

“Nasa ika-sampu na tayo. Ang importante, ano pa ang dapat nating gawin moving forward. That is even a bigger task for us. Paangat ng paangat mas mahirap pa ang challenge. There’s still hope to improve NAIA (We are now the 10th most improved airport. What is important is what we will do to move forward. That is even a bigger task for us. We face tougher challenges as we go high),” Monreal added.

Among the challenges faced by the MIAA is the proliferation of illegally franchised or “colorum” taxis within the NAIA complex, as well as taxi drivers who are overcharging passengers leaving the airport.

“Ang isa lang na frustrated ako ay ang mga pasaway na taxis. Talagang nanggigil ako, sana po tumigil na sila (One thing that really frustrates me – deceitful taxi drivers. I'm really frustrated, I hope they stop),” he said.

Monreal noted that the challenge is to sustain this ranking.

He also thanked the passengers who took their time to share their experiences at NAIA through the survey.

"Their testimonies serve as our inspiration to believe that change is not impossible, even in the midst of trials," he said.

He also thanked the MIAA staff for their commitment and cooperation to help improve NAIA.

The MIAA has implemented various reforms that resulted in the reduction of flight delays, decongestion of the airport runway, and improvement of overall passenger experience.

These initiatives include restriction on general aviation to prioritize commercial flights and reduce flight delays; imposition of the five-minute rule wherein pilots who declare they are ready to take off must depart within the prescribed time; provision of cleaner toilets, additional seats, free WiFi and well-wishers’ area; instituting new policies for baggage handling and eradicating the “laglag-bala” scheme.

The World Airport Awards are voted for by air travelers in the largest, annual global airport customer satisfaction survey. For the 2018 Awards, the survey was conducted from August 2017 to February 2018.

The survey covered 550 airports worldwide and evaluated the travelers' experiences across different airport service and product key performance indicators – check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security, immigration and departure. The survey was made available in English, Spanish and Chinese languages.

Skytrax has described the World Airport Awards as "the most prestigious accolades for the world airport industry", and also cited that this is the benchmark of airport excellence.

Along with NAIA, the other most improved airports are Taiwan Taoyuan, Athens, Nadi, Montreal, Moscow Sheremetyevo and Houston Intercontinental.

Meanwhile, for the sixth year now, Singapore's Changi Airport is still the world's best airport, according to the Awards.

The other top airports are Seoul Incheon, Tokyo Haneda, Hong Kong, Doha Hamad, Munich, Centrair Nagoya, London Heathrow, Zurich, and Frankfurt. (PNA)



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From: http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards/introduction_to_awards.html

THE WORLD AIRPORT AWARDS

The World Airport Awards began in 1999, when Skytrax launched its first global, Airport customer satisfaction survey. In 2000, the survey attracted a worldwide completion of 1.02 million users, which has since grown annually, with the 2017-2018 survey achieving 13.73 million eligible entries.

The focus is to deliver a customer survey and airport awards process that is independent, impartial and global, and this ethos remains essential to all aspects in the present day. There is no entry fee or any type of payment by an airport (or other third party) to be included in the survey or awards, with the survey and awards process fully funded by Skytrax.

A central directive of the survey is for customers to make their own, personal choices as to which airport they consider to be the best, underlining the brand as the Passenger's Choice Awards.



From: http://www.worldairportawards.com/Awards/worlds_most_improved_airports.html

About the World Airport Awards

The Skytrax World Airport Awards are voted for by air travellers in the largest, annual global airport customer satisfaction survey. The survey is operated as an independent study, with no entry fees or charges to any airport, and the Awards ceremony is also provided to winning airports at no cost. The use of award logos and related information is free of any charge.

The 2018 Awards are based on 13.73 million airport survey questionnaires completed by over 100 different nationalities of airline customers during the survey period. The survey operated from August 2017 to February 2018, covering 550 airports worldwide and evaluating traveller experiences across different airport service and product key performance indicators - from check-in, arrivals, transfers, shopping, security and immigration through to departure at the gate. The Survey was available in English, Spanish and Chinese language options.

1   Rome Fiumicino
2   Perth
3   Calgary
4   Taiwan Taoyuan
5   Athens
6   Nadi
7   Montréal
8   Moscow Sheremetyevo
9   Houston Intercontinental
10   Manila
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Re: Fixing NAIA
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2018, 07:45:45 AM »
MIAA elated NAIA no longer among worst airports in the world
By Bing Jabadan
 October 18, 2017

http://hongkongnews.com.hk/balita/miaa-elated-naia-no-longer-among-worst-airports-in-the-world/

THE Manila International Airport Authority welcomed results of the latest survey of the “Guide to Sleeping in Airports”, which no longer included the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the  20 worst airports in the world.

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MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said that among the reforms implemented during the Duterte administration were the restrictions on general aviation to prioritize commercial flights and reduce flight delays.

These reforms included the imposition of the five-minute rule (where pilots who declare they are ready to take off must depart within the prescribed time or they would be put back at the back of the queue) to reduce flight delays, as well as to instill discipline among airlines.

Another reform was the construction of Rapid Exit Taxiways to allow an aircraft to leave the runway at higher speed and increase flight movements; provision of cleaner toilets, additional seats, free WiFi, and well-wishers’ area.

Regular taxis (white taxis) were also allowed to queue and pick up passengers at designated points in NAIA terminals to address the shortage of taxi units servicing passengers.

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Some of the traveler’s complaints are long queues, broken toilets and air-conditioning units, as well as dishonest taxi pricing and limited public transport options, have constantly plagued the NAIA thus earning it the “world’s worst airport” title from 2011 to 2013.

In 2014, it landed in the 4th place. It was not included in the top 10 worst airports in the world in 2015, but landed 8th worst airport in Asia.

The October 2016 survey where NAIA landed the 5th place as world’s worst airports was attributed to the issue of “laglag-bala,” which was the complaint of travelers especially overseas Filipino workers, but was later addressed after the term of the Aquino administration.

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Re: Fixing NAIA
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Re: Retitled: Manila (Ninoy Aquino) International Airport
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2018, 03:37:01 PM »
Priority airport projects seen to vitalize PH aviation industry
By DBM
Published On October 31, 2018

https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1014575?fbclid=IwAR26Zjts1ko0SYFl3oP7ayc6AK1voBYeyR9FPEEnvwt9Lnn60RYlg2XlvwQ

MANILA, Oct. 31 -- In line with the administration’s ambitious Build Build Build program, 28 airport projects for construction/rehabilitation/ upgrade are listed in the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) priority agenda. Of the 28, three international airport projects - Lal-Lo, Puerto Prinsesa, and Mactan-Cebu -  and four domestic airport projects - Tuguegarao, Calbayog, Ozamis, and Naga - have already been finished.

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NAIA Rehabilitation

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is also in line for rehabilitation. The four-year project involves improvements and expansion of terminals, as well as the construction of additional runways, taxiways, passenger terminals and other support infrastructure.

This P101 Billion upgrade is seen to benefit 65 million passengers per year, and will be funded through unsolicited proposal, subject to Swiss challenge.

Notably, through this administration’s efforts, NAIA, the country’s main international airport, has risen from being dubbed as one of the world’s worst airports into the 10th most-improved airport in the world. (DBM)

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https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/photos/a.132771066862038/1430255450446920/?type=3&theater

The United States Department of Homeland Security (US-DHS) ordered yesterday, 8 August 2019, the rescission of the Public Notice on security conditions at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which was issued on 27 December 2018.

The DOTr, along with the MIAA, CAAP, and OTS, is committed to sustain and consistently improve our efforts to ensure the safety and security of our air passengers.

We are deeply grateful for your trust and support, Your Excellency Sung Kim! Mabuhay!



https://twitter.com/USAmbManila/status/1159431481439207424


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https://www.facebook.com/DOTrPH/posts/1430308853774913?__tn__=-R

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. lauded the efforts under the strong leadership of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade that paved the way for the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to lift its public notice regarding the security condition at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The Philippines registered significant improvements in the security operations at the NAIA through the collective efforts of DOTr, MIAA, and OTS and other civil aviation security authorities and stakeholders to ensure compliance with global aviation security standards.
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Aviation agencies collaborate as NAIA undergoes another joint security assessment

https://www.facebook.com/ots.dotr/posts/2412102258827717

PASAY CITY - An Entry Brief was held on Monday, 16 September 2019, between Philippine airport authorities and the United States’ Transportation Security Administration, as parties commenced another joint security assessment of Ninoy Aquino International Airport MIAA (NAIA), together with the Office for Transportation Security (OTS).

The assessment is a continuing initiative to enhance, or otherwise sustain, security measures based on the established Standards and Recommended Practices by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

The OTS noted that the symbiotic partnership of both countries become especially important in redesigning efforts to leverage shared solutions in addressing evolving terror threats.

In August, the United States Department of Homeland Security (US-DHS) lifted the Public Notice it issued on 27 December 2018 on security conditions at NAIA. The US-DHS in its rescission of notice cited the significant improvements made in the security operations at the NAIA.

OTS Administrator Usec. Raul L. Del Rosario, for his part, stressed the importance of a whole-of-government approach in enhancing civil aviation security in the country.

To this end, he said that the OTS remains in close coordination with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) to continuously assist them in the development of their Airport Security Program, as well as provide the necessary resources to help augment its capacity and capability.

“The OTS, along with the MIAA and other aviation agencies under the Department of Transportation - Philippines, is steering towards the direction set by Secretary Arthur Tugade to ensure inter-agency collaboration in implementing appropriate security measures in all places of public convergence, especially at transport hubs and terminals.” Usec. Del Rosario said.

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NEDA board confirms ICC approval of 7 new projects worth P187.34B
ABS-CBN News
Posted at Nov 29 2019 07:19 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/11/29/19/neda-board-confirms-icc-approval-of-7-new-projects-worth-p18734b

MANILA - The National Economic and Development Authority on Friday said its board confirmed the Investment Coordination Committee's approval of 7 new projects worth P187.34 billion on Nov. 29.

The newly approved list of projects includes the Davao Public Transport Modernization Project, Unsolicited Proposal for the New Bohol Panglao International Airport, and the Unsolicited Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Proposal for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, NEDA said in a statement.

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