Improvements in facilities, services expected as DIAA is now activated

Improvements in Davao International Airport’s facilities and services are expected to continue under international standards now that the Davao International Airport Authority has been activated.

On October 27, 2022, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. ordered members of the Regional Development Council 11 (RDC 11) to activate the DIAA so that various programs can contribute to the continuous development of the Davao Region.

Among those who gave full support to the formation of DIAA are board members from the Department of Transportation (DoTr), Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Agriculture (DA), and the city government of Davao.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reportedly said that the DIAA will lead the implementation of measures to permanently achieve and monitor the airport’s compliance with international standards.

It can be recalled that former President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a measure creating the DIAA on August 2019 aiming to improve airport facilities and increase the city’s overseas connectivity.

It is the bill that became Republic Act No. 11457 also known as “An act creating the Davao International Airport Authority, transferring existing assets of Francisco Bangoy International Airport to the Authority, vesting the Authority with power to administer and operate the Francisco Bangoy International Airport and appropriating funds therefor.”

It was also expected that with DIAA residents can expect more rapid development of the airport in terms of terminal upgrades and foreign direct flights as well as expansion of the terminal and cargo-handling facility because the city is looking at supplying international markets with food and livestock.

In 2019, the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA0 issued a statement stating that it is expecting the development and improvement of the airport facilities, and responsive airport management, which is at par with the best airports.

MinDA also stated that such measures will help the city become an investment and tourism destination in the ASEAN and BIMP-EAGA sub-region.

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