Monday, June 3, 2013

DOTC Seals Agreement for State-of-the-Art Aviation Safety Systems by 2015

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An agreement paving the way for a world-class aviation system in the Philippines has been closed by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), ensuring the availability of CNS/ATM (Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management) Systems within two-and-a-half years.

Under a Contract Amendment signed last week between the DOTC and the Sumitomo-Thales Joint Venture, the latter will immediately restart the construction of an air traffic management building and the supply of various components such as automation equipment and terminal radars, to enable the use of the satellite technology-based system.

The original contract between the parties was signed in December 2010, but was disallowed by the Commission on Audit (COA) in May 2011. After a review of its concerns, however, the COA lifted the disallowance in March 2013.

The DOTC and the Joint Venture then worked on the Contract Amendment in order to update the project timeline, scope of works, and prices, to allow the project to proceed.

The state-of-the-art CNS/ATM Systems will modernize aviation safety and security capabilities, increase airport capacity, and minimize flight delays and aircraft collisions by providing safety alerts and warnings, managing the use of the airspace and air traffic flow, and enhancing the communications and monitoring capabilities of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

“This project will bring the country closer to the highest of international aviation safety standards. Ultimately, it will also result in more revenues for the government, bolster the country’s tourism goals, and lower pollution emission levels through efficient air traffic management,” said DOTC spokesperson Migs Sagcal.

Sagcal added that Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya secured the joint venture’s reassurance that the CNS/ATM Systems will be fully in place within President Benigno S. Aquino III’s term, or by November 2015.

The CNS/ATM Systems Development Project was first conceptualized in accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Global Air Navigation Plan, and will replace aging vital communications, surveillance, and air traffic control equipment at selected airports nationwide.

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  1. This article is wonderfully written and delivers its main point clearly with additional information which emphasizes the optimism of this news. It is good to know that Philippines is continuing its development through improving aviation so as to keep plane passengers safe and also attract more tourists. The flow of this article is actually simple and direct to the point. There are also some big words here but by using context clues, the readers can easily guess the meaning of those words and add them to their vocabulary.

    Audrey Almanon

  2. Jan Ebrian D. Leonin

    Its is good to know that our government took these simple steps in order to improve the safety of our aviation community. I hope that this project will reduce the number of aerial accidents here in the Philippines.

    The article was written direct to the point,giving the most important details in every paragraph. The author uses also long sentences for the paragraph.

  3. In this article, I can definitely say that it is well stated. It was written by giving the important details in the whole paragraph and it is also direct to the point. In the content, I can say that it is good to know that our country is improving aviation for the people who travels here in the Philippines. By having this project, I think our country will have less numbers of accidents and more people would love to go here in the Philippines because of maintaining the safety of every plane passengers.

    Eunice I. Mejia


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