Disinfection of the PPIA on March 21, 2020. (Photo courtesy of CAAP)

The management of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) assured Saturday that the Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPIA) will be safe for passengers when it opens again after the lockdown.

Airport terminal supervisor Joselito Arzaga said that even before the COVID-19 positive patient left on March 17 through the PPIA, they have been sanitizing and disinfecting it every two hours.

He said since the tourists clamored to leave the city on March 15 right after President Rodrigo Duterte announced the imposition of an “enhanced community quarantine” (ECQ), they have already been implementing

“Kami naman, lalo na noong maraming turista, maraming mga pasahero na stranded — nagsimula na kaming mag-disinfect. Basta ang order ko every two hours ay magdi-disinfect sila. Ang pag-disinfect naman namin ay gumagamit kami ng spray — ini-spray namin lahat ng mga upuan, urenals, ‘yong mga faucet, yan dini-disinfect namin lahat,” he said.

He said they disinfect and sanitize everything that they know people are touching to break the coronavirus disease chain at the PPIA.


File photo courtesy of CAAP.

“Lahat ng puwedeng mahawakan dini-disinfect namin kasama na dyan ang mga pushcarts, dini-disinfect namin ‘yan every two hours,” Arzaga added.

Arzaga said that after the city government reported the Australian tourist’s COVID-19 case and letting him leave through the PPIA, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) in cooperation with CAAP, conducted a disinfection activity on March 21.

He said the CDRRMO was in charge of the disinfection of the land area, the arrival and departure terminals, and all rooms inside and outside the airport, while the CAAP took the responsibility for sanitizing the airside, from pre-departure up to the tarmac.

“Kaninang umaga (March 21) nag-disinfect ‘yong mga bombero ng airport sa airside, ‘yong paglabas mo ng pre-departure hanggang doon sa may tarmac so lahat doon ng mga hagdan, yong semento, yong inaapakan at yong mga railings — lahat ng pwedeng hawakan dinis-infect ng mga bombero ng airport. Ang CDRRMO naman nag-disinfect naman sila sa land side sa loob at labas, sa mga terminal. Lahat ng room sa loob at labas ng airport disinfect nila,” he said.