Pres. Duterte & DOTr Inaugurates New Air Traffic Management System for CAAP

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with the top officials from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) headed by Secretary Arthur Tugade inaugurates the new communications, navigation, surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) Systems of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), in a move to make the air traffic and navigation of the Philippines be at par with the international standards.

The inauguration of the the new CNS/ATM will be headed by Pres. Duterte, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, along with other high-ranking government and transportation officials, the inauguration was held at the at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center, CAAP Compound, NAIA Road, Pasay City.

Aside from high ranking Philippine government officials representatives from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) also graced the event.

The newly inaugurated CNS/ATM is a state-of-the-art computer and satellite-based air traffic management technology, which is similar to that being used by Australia, Taiwan, and other European countries.

With the use of CNS/ATM Systems, the DOTr revealed that air travel is expected to be more definite, aircraft identification to be more established , and safety of security of passengers are guaranteed.

The DOTr also noted that apart from these, the system also brings with it better air traffic flow and space management, which optimizes airport capacity and efficient use of airspace that will in turn minimize delays by helping aircraft operators meet their departure and arrival schedules.

The new technology which was started way back the year 2009 will surely enhance safety, reliability, and efficiency of air traffic service in the Philippine airspace.

The CNS/ATM Project started during the time of Pres. Arroyo in 2009 but due to delay in construction and other challenges it did not hit its target completion in 2016.

Upon the assumption of Pres. Duterte, he ordered Secretary Tugade to fast-tracked the project. In 2009 there were only three radars in the Philippines located in NAIA, Clark and Tagaytay, which covered only 30% of the Philippine airspace.

Sec. Tugade immediately ordered CAAP to fast-track the project, under the leadership of the new DOTr Secretary, an additional 10 radars have been installed. This means that the country has now a total of 13 radars, and one satellite radar, that will enable the air sector to cover 100% of the entire Philippine airspace.

Source: DOTr

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