January 17, 2018
The Department of Transportation (DOTR) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) inaugurated recently the New Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems to improve air traffic efficiency and quality infrastructure in the country.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) committed a 22-B yen loan amount for the New CNS/ATM Development Project.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration ceremony in Manila together with Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda, and JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito.
"The aviation sector is a very important pillar and enabler of economic growth. Thus, with this new facility under our cooperation, we aim to contribute further in improving the Philippine transport infrastructure sector," said JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito.
The project, completed in 2017 under the JICA Official Development Assistance (ODA) yen loan scheme, aims to help minimize flight delays and enhance air traffic safety in the country with the installation of upgraded communications, navigation, surveillance/ air traffic management systems nationwide including en-route surveillance radars in Aparri, Laoag, Cebu-Mt Majic, Quezon-Palawan and Zamboanga and airport surveillance radars in NAIA2, Mactan, Bacolod, Kalibo and Davao.
The aviation sector has many spillover effects to the Philippine economy, supporting 3.2% of the country's GDP and providing 1.2 million direct and indirect jobs (International Air Transport Association 2014 data).
"Now that the government is pushing all buttons to realize the Golden Age of Infrastructure, we assure the Philippines of JICA's support in enhancing connectivity, creating jobs, and opening more opportunities for Filipinos to benefit from a robust economy," added Ito.
The JICA cooperation in the Philippine aviation sector dates back in the 1970s, with JICA Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan assistance to the sector reaching 113 billion yen over the past years through airports, navigation facilities and new CNS ATM systems.