Beng seeks DOTC intervention on Zamboanga airport problem PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:57

House Deputy Speaker for Mindanao and District 1 Representative Beng Climaco has brought to the attention of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas about equipment malfunction at the Zamboanga airport due to fluctuating electrical power during blackouts the past days.

Cong. Climaco forwarded to Sec. Roxas the official report submitted by Airport Manager Celso Bayabos concerning problems on edge lights, taxiway lights and the visual guidance lighting system at the Zamboanga airport, on Monday, March 26 for possible intervention and assistance.

“We have always been doing our share in making sure that concerns are elevated to proper authorities. With the written report now on hand, our office has forwarded immediately factual reports on the problem of our lighting system (at the airport)”, she said.

Among the equipment damaged due to power fluctuation are the runway light systems I and II constant circuit regular (CCR), taxiway lights CCR, approach light rwy 9/27 ccr, approach light transfer relay, precision approach path indicator rwy 9/27 ccr and papi transfer switch, based on reports submitted by Bayabos.

Aside from Cong. Climaco’s request for assistance, Mayor Celso Lobregat also wrote another letter asking the DOTC Secretary to intercede and to undertake measures to alleviate the plight at the airport.

Calling the incident as unfortunate, Mayor Lobregat said malfunction equipment at the airport has far-reaching implications.

Like Climaco, the mayor also hoped that the DOTC and Malacañang can come up with immediate intervention measures to help improve the situation at the local airport.

Latest reports reveal that power at the Zamboanga airport was partly restored as of Monday but personnel are working overtime to restore power to approach indicator lights along the runway and other equipment and ultimately to normalize operations.

President Aquino in a press statement yesterday took note of the Mindanao power problem and emphasized that measures are already being undertaken to solve the impending power crisis. — Marvin Segura