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Congress ratifies Davao Airport charter

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The proposed creation and charter of the Davao International Airport Authority (DIAA) now awaits the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte as both house in Congress prior to its sine die adjournment ratified the bicameral report of the legislation.

Principally authored in the Lower House by Deputy Speaker and Davao City Rep. Mylene Garcia-Albano, the harmonized version House Bill No. 8691 and Senate Bill No. 2168 seeks to empower the DIAA as an attached agency under the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The measure gives DIAA the authority to undertake the economical, efficient and effective control, management and supervision of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport (FBIA) in Davao City and other existing airports in the Davao Region.

Garcia-Albano said the DIAA will have a positive effect on the economic development of Davao City and the rest of Region 10 since “it will substantially contribute to the quest of the region to emerge as the premier socio-economic tourism center not only in the Philippines but also in the Asia-Pacific Region.”

She said the proposed legislation will also spur further economic growth of the surrounding provinces in Mindanao.

The main objective DIAA charter, according to Garcia-Albano, is to encourage, promote and develop international and domestic air traffic in the Davao Region as a means of making the region a center of international trade and tourism, and accelerating the development of the means of transportation and communications in the country.

The solon that the proposed law will also pave way for the modernization and upgrade of the Davao Airport.

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