CAAP in trouble over billboards

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THE Senate finance committee on Thursday grilled officials of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) over the proliferation of commercial billboards in airport terminals that are already becoming “eyesores”.

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At the deliberation of the proposed 2015 budget of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Drilon questioned William Hotchkiss 3rd, director general of the (CAAP), why billboards are sprouting in airport terminals.

“You know, our airport terminals already look like EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue) because of the advertisements,” Drilon told the CAAP official.

The Senate chief asked Hotchkiss if it is possible to do away or reduce the number billboards in terminals since CAAP has other sources of income.

According to Hotchkiss, they earned P101.028 million in 2014 from concessionaire and rent fees. The amount increased to P102 million this year.

CAAP rents out spaces in airport terminals to concessionaires which in turn rent out the space to advertisers.

The Senate president noted that there is a possibility that the concessionaires renting out the space is earning more than the government.

“Either we make the correct income or remove this kind of practice,” Drilon said.
told CAAP.

The DOCT is asking for a P49.3-billion budget next year.

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