THE Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has welcomed the Palace decision to approve the salary increases and bonuses for its employees which was earlier disallowed by the Commission on Audit (CoA).
CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said that CAAP director-general William Hotchkiss III was informed by President Benigno S. Aquino III of the news last April 29.
On the same day, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued a memorandum to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) the Governance Commission on Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) approving the benefits granted to CAAP employees.
Under the memorandum, the President approved yearend financial assistance pay granted in 2010, performance enhancement allowance granted in 2012, recognition award granted in 2013, achievement bonus granted in 2014, and new salary structure for technical positions effective Oct. 1, 2012.
Last April 15, CAAP employees held a nationwide protest by unfurling black banners with the words ‘Mayday! Mayday!’ from all the air traffic control towers in the country’s airports as a distress call for the President to step in on their labor woes.
Hotchkiss, meanwhile, urged CAAP employees to let the good news be a motivation in sustaining the developments the authority has achieved so far.
He was referring to the authority being able to resolve the ‘triple whammy’ of civil aviation the country’s inclusion in the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO)’s list of countries with significant safety concerns; the European Union ban on Philippine carriers and Philippine civil aviation’s downgrade by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to a category 2 rating.
“Let us not put to waste our hard work and let us remain strong in our vision to become a pre-eminent civil aviation authority and a global brand of excellence,” Hotchkiss said.
CAAP currently has some 3,500 employees most of them technical personnel involved in air traffic management.