SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Provincial Board has approved the “Airport Safety Ordinance” prohibiting the flying of drones and raising of birds near the Antique Airport in this capital town.
In an interview Friday, Antique Board Member Victor Condez, sponsor of the ordinance that was approved last July 1, said the local legislation seeks to ensure the safety of aircraft passengers in preparation for the projected increase in flights and eventual heavy traffic at the airport.
“Although there is only the Philippine Airlines (PAL) that is flying to and from Metro Manila twice a week for now, but then the airport is expected to later on have an increased (number) of flights,” he said.
The ordinance prohibits the flying of remote-controlled planes and drones within a distance of an eight-kilometer radius from the center of the runway and within 12 kilometers from the final approach of the runway.
“No person shall be allowed to raise doves, pigeons, fowls, or any domesticated birds within the distance of a five-kilometer radius unless tied or placed in secured cages,” he said.
The ordinance comes with a penalty of either PHP1,000, community service, or seven-day imprisonment on the first offense; either PHP3,000, community service or 15-day imprisonment on the second offense, and a choice of PHP5,000, community service or 30 days imprisonment for the third offense.
Vice Governor Edgar Denosta, said the ordinance was passed in response to the request of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to ensure the safety of passengers and aircraft utilizing the airport.
During the bird counting activity on May 21, 2021, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Belison found that domesticated doves were flying over the airport premises.
The domesticated doves, owned by residents living near the airport, could pose danger and distract pilots, said CENRO personnel Kenny Marie Gicaraya. (PNA)