Davao City – The House of Representatives approved House Bill 8691 creating the Davao International Airport Authority. As one of the main authors of the proposal, Compostela Valley 1st District Representative Maricar Zamora disclosed in social media on Monday, Jan. 7 that the bill was unanimously approved on Dec. 10 and was forwarded to the Senate on Dec. 11.
Congressman Zamora stressed that HB 8691 is a major step in encouraging, promoting and developing domestic air traffic in our region, and in making it a center of international trade and tourism.
The bill identified the Authority as a corporate body under the Department of Transportation (DOT) that will undertake the control, management and operation of the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City and other future airports that will be established in the Davao region.
It spells out the duties and functions of the proposed Authority, as well as its organizational structure, corporate powers, privileges and responsibilities.
“More than accelerating the development of the means of transportation and communications in the country, the measure will further upgrade the facilities of the existing Francisco Bangoy International Airport and extend assistance in formulating international acceptable standards of airport and accommodation service,” the solon said. (PIA)