Top changes in NAIA at start of Duterte administration

We're listing down the changes at NAIA, proposed to be renamed to Manila International Airport, at the start of the Duterte administration.

  • Former Cathay Pacific airline country manager Eddie Villanueva Monreal, who prefers to be called Mr. Ed by airport staff, has replaced the incompetent Jose Angel Honrado (Honrado is said to be a cousin of ex-president Benigno Aquino III) as Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager.
  • A closed circuit TV (CCTV) system with high-resolution cameras will be installed in all strategic areas at NAIA to eliminate security blind spots.
  • The airport security center, which serves as a central desk connecting all agencies designed to provide immediate response to passenger complaints and concerns, will be reactivated.
  • Airline companies will maintain cleanliness of restrooms in the terminals.
  • Security will be beefed up as President Rodrigo Duterte would take commercial flights to and from Davao City.
  • Free Wi-Fi will be available in all four terminals with speeds of 1 Gigabit per access point.
  • To end the tanim bala or bullet-planting phobia, passengers (especially the elderly and overseas Filipino workers or OFWs) found with one bullet or bullet amulet in their luggage would be allowed to board their flights without any interrogation or even charges of violating the law after surrendering the bullet.
  • The airport will be decongested. In a statement on Friday, Philippine Airlines (PAL) chairman Lucio Tan bared the government's plan to transfer general aviation to other airports such as Sangley and Clark. The businessman said he is moving out his "small fleet of private jets" as a gesture of compliance to the initiative.
  • Regular white taxis will be allowed to pick up passengers from the NAIA terminals starting July 18 to avoid long lines at the arrival curbside taxi bays. Regular taxis have been warned to strictly adhere to rules that the MIAA would impose.

Sources: Interaksyon, Inquirer.net, PhilStar, ABS-CBN, Philstar.com