The Palace won’t call for the resignation of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) officials despite the recent blog that tagged the Ninoy Aquino International Airport-1 as the worst airport in the world for the second straight year.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement in light of the call of Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian of Valenzuela for the resignation of MIAA officials for the worst airport tag and the Commission on Audit’s revelation that NAIA-1 has a P1 billion project for its rehabilitation but which was never used.
“We defer to the persons being asked to resign to answer that, but we know they are trying to institute reforms. This is not any easy or perfect process. We will only disrupt the reforms that they are trying to execute if we would resort to calling for their resignation every time there are hiccups along the way,” Valte pointed out in a radio interview in Radyo ng Bayan.
Valte was referring to the recent fiasco in NAIA-1 wherein passengers endured delayed and cancelled flights due to NAIA-1’s upgrading of its radar system.
“The officials are trying their best to initiate reforms for the safety of those who use our airport. We appeal for understanding from the public because the delays are part of the process in improving our airport,” Valte added.
Gatchalian earlier said that there is no excuse for inefficiency and for screwing up efforts to improve the image of the Philippines, considering that NAIA-1 has a P1 billion funding for its rehabilitation and almost 80 percent of international carriers are still housed in the NAIA-1 complex.
“Resignation would be an acceptable gesture of remorse. The country could have been spared from further embarrassment if the management was judicious enough in using up its funds,” Gatchalian said in a statement.
“The primary aim of any terminal is customer satisfaction. Is that too difficult of a challenge?” Gatchalian added.