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CIAC upbeat on Bautista as new DOTr chief

CLARK FREEPORT ZONE — The Clark International Airport Corp. on Monday said it holds high hopes on the appointment of Jaime Bautista, former president of the country’s flagship Philippine Airlines, as the new transportation chief.

In a statement, CIAC expressed belief that the country’s aviation sector will improve to global standards with Bautista’s expertise and proven track record of landmark accomplishments in his 25 years at PAL.

Bautista, CIAC said, will be able to steer the transport sector, specifically the aviation industry, toward full recovery and its eventual modernization to world-class standards.

 CIAC said it looks forward to working under Bautista’s leadership to develop Clark as a premiere aerotropolis and hub for aviation and international logistics in the Asia-Pacific region, the statement said.

Bautista will replace the equally competent Secretary (Arthur) Tugade who has steered DOTr for the past six years with exceptional leadership and unprecedented achievements, it added. 

Under Tugade, the DOTR completed 250 airport projects, including the Clark International Airport’s new Terminal 2, improved the country’s satellite communications system and introduced the night-rating of airports.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is the agency which exercises policy and operational supervision over CIAC, which is the government firm tasked to develop the Clark Civil Aviation Complex, home to the privately-run Clark International Airport, as well as the mixed-use business district Clark Global City, and several locators in cargo and aviation-related businesses.