Zambo airport unveils GAD project PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 September 2013 14:07

Three new facilities were unveiled at the pre-departure area of the Zamboanga City International Airport Thursday, September 5, as part of its gender and development initiatives.

Spearheaded by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines-Gender and Development (CAAP-GAD) Committee, the breastfeeding station, diaper changing station and the children’s area were set up to see to the convenience of passengers with children and nursing mothers during the waiting hours between flights.

The establishment of support services such as breastfeeding stations and day care centers which enable women to “balance their family and work responsibilities” is enshrined as one of the provisions in RA 9710, otherwise known as the Magna Carta for Women Act.

Speaking on behalf of Mayor Beng Climaco, Councilor Myra Paz Abubakar expressed her appreciation for the efforts of CAAP to implement GAD initiatives. “Natututwa at nagagalak kame sa inyong project,” said Abubakar who currently heads the Committee on Women, Children and Family Welfare.

She likewise expressed her hope that other establishments will follow the lead of the Zamboanga International Airport in making their workspace women and children-friendly, especially in light of the enactment of the City GAD Code last June.

“We work hard and we will continue to work hard, not only for the men and women of Zamboanga, but for the sake of our children,” added Abubakar.

Airport manager Danilo Abareta said that the establishment of GAD corner represents the ongoing development of the facilities of the airport. The start of the rehabilitation and repair of the airport terminal, several components of which were initiated by Mayor Beng Climaco during her term as District I representative, will begin before this year ends, noted Abareta.

Present during the inauguration were Col. Jesus Rey Avila, PAF (ret.), representing the Office of the Director General of CAAP, representatives of various organizations and airport employees. — Jasmine Mohammadsali