BARMM BARMM TAKES OVER 6 AIRPORTS – (Seated:) Bangsamoro Airport Authority (BAA) Airport Manager III/Regional Head Carmencita O. Salik (left), MOTC Minister Atty. Paisalin P. Tago (center), and Director General DG Atty. Roslaine Macao-Maniri. (Standing, fourth from left:) IID Acting Chief Dionisio Robles, CAAP Area Center 9 Manager Antonio Alfonso, CAAP Area Center 11 Manager Engr. Rex Obcena, BAA Airport Manager Johari Musa, Atty. Anna Castigador, CAAP Supply Division OIC Gemb Khamil Garcia-Aniscol, and other CAAP staff. Photo courtesy of CAAP

CAAP turns over 6 airports to BARMM

January 12, 2023 Jun I. Legaspi 274 views

THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) transferred the management of six airports in Mindanao to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on Wednesday, January 11, 2023.

The turnover ceremony was attended by Intelligence and Investigation Division (IID) Acting Chief BGen. Dionisio Robles (Ret.) representing CAAP and Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim.

The six airports include Awang Airport in Maguindanao del Norte, Wao and Malabang Airport in Lanao del Sur, Sanga-Sanga Airport and Mapun Airstrip in Tawi-Tawi, and Jolo Airport in Sulu.

CAAP and the BARMM Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) previously signed the memorandum on the transfer of assets and functions last September 2022, which facilitated the implementation of Republic Act (RA) No. 11054, otherwise known as the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) which establishes the institution of BARMM.

With the turnover, the BARMM MOTC can now officially begin the land-side management of the airport. This will include the operation and management of the airport’s passenger terminal building (PTB), administrative building, and vehicular parking area, among others.

Meanwhile, CAAP will retain the air side (air traffic control tower, air navigation equipment, and facilities) management and control at the airport.