Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia advised the members of the Cordillera Regional Development Council (RDC-CAR) to meet with Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation to discuss possible actions that will help revitalize and modernize the Baguio Airport. He also agreed with NEDA-CAR’s plan to conduct a tourist market analysis of the airport.
The advice was given during a briefing on the Baguio Airport conducted for Secretary Pernia and Undersecretary for Regional Development Adoracion Navarro by officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The briefing is part of the two-day visit of the NEDA officials to the region on February 6 to 7.
According to Mr. Ronald Estabillo, CAAP Area 1 and 2 Manager, the Baguio Airport was built in 1934 and was classified as a Principal Airport Class 2, capable of serving propeller or small jet aircraft with a capacity of 19 to 99 seats. Presently, however, the airport caters only to an average of one flight (private and military-related) per day. It is beset by problems which include the continued encroachment and intrusion by informal settlers and nearby residents in the airport premises, the dilapidated perimeter fence surrounding the airport area, low visibility caused by upland fog especially in the afternoon and at night, and an unreliable market for more sustainable airport operations. It has also received minimal support for its maintenance and the improvement of the facilities.
Mr. Francisco Alconera, Aerodrome Engineer of CAAP, presented the results of the aeronautical survey conducted by the CAAP in June 2018 in response to the long-time appeal of the RDC-CAR to the DOTC/DOTr and CAAP. He showed satellite images of the airport area and the extent by which encroachments have been made. He then submitted to NEDA-CAR a copy of the Baguio Airport Aeronautical Survey Report. He said the report can be used by the RDC and the Baguio Airport as a guide and reference in planning for the airport’s revitalization and commercial operation.
NEDA-CAR recently submitted a research proposal for a tourist market analysis of the Baguio Airport for funding under the NEDA R&D Program. xxx