The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) new manager for the Puerto Princesa City International Airport (PPCIA) will focus on strengthening the safety of customers and security of the international airport.
Efren Nieves Nagrama, new CAAP manager, told the local media that the PPCIA will have increased security measures under his watch.
“Iyong pagse-sertipika ng airport, ito ‘yong sisikapin natin [na magkaroon]. Lalung-lalo na ang airport sa aspeto ng safety [dapat] ay mai-comply natin doon sa international standard. Kasi ang isang airport na safe ibig sabihin kompiyansado ‘yong mga turista natin na lumapag sa airport. [Ito ay] one factor na puwede nating i-promote ‘yong turismo kasi ‘pag ang isang turista alam niyang safe na safe siya pag-landing, meron tayong enough facility to help them [and] to respond to their needs [ay] malaking bagay ‘yan para mai-promote natin ‘yong turismo,” Nagrama said.
He said one of the ways to attain this is to comply with international security standards.
Nagrama said they are also urging the cooperation of the public in strengthening the airport’s security.
“’Yong safety ng airport okay naman siya, kailangan lang natin talagang dagdagan o siguraduhin pa. Kasama dito ‘yong imo-monitor natin ‘yong presently ini-implement natin na safety procedures and parameters,” he pointed out.
Nagrama assumed the post as CAAP area manager for PPCIA in February this year.
Part of his responsibilities include supervising the other airports in the province in Busuanga, San Vicente, and El Nido.
Concurrent to his heading the PPCIA, Nagrama also heads the IloIlo International Airport (IIA).
“I am just assuming as the new airport manager, no comment na ako doon. Hindi ko pa po alam kung ano ‘yong [bagong] assignment ni Engr. (Percy) Malonesio,” Nagrama said