'Probe mismanagement of NAIA'

Posted at 04/21/2014 1:21 PM | Updated as of 04/21/2014 1:22 PM

MANILA - In light of its “world’s worst airport” tag, a lawmaker wants a probe into the supposed mismanagement of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Valenzuela City Rep, Sherwin Gatchalian filed House Resolution 909 "inquiring into the mismanagement in the administration and operations of the NAIA vis-à-vis the label as the worst airport in the world and urging the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) to institute measures to erase NAIA's disturbing label.”

He anchored his resolution on the findings of website sleepinginairports.net, where netizens voted NAIA as the worst airport in the world in the past 3 years.

He also noted the "over three-decade-old structure has earned the distinction as the world's most notorious airport by traveller's votes in the year 2010, and then again landed in the topmost category of the worst in the years 2011 and 2012.”

Just last week, President Benigno Aquino III apologized for the busted air conditioning system in Terminal 1.

Passengers had complained of the extreme heat inside the terminal, which also coincided with the Holy Week exodus. Add to this, computer glitches also affected immigration processing leading to long queues for irate passengers.

Gatchalian said Malacanang has promised to look into several concerns but “until these days, problems of an old and congested terminal, the same complaints of bribery, lack of comfortable seats, rude staff and poor facilities hound us and continue to be a challenge for the government."

"Negative assessments that tend to overshadow the beauty and world class tourist destinations in the country should be carefully reviewed and addressed to provide solutions," he said.

He said Congress should also review the P1.16 billion budget for Terminal 1, which was approved in November 2011.