Senate begins hearing on New Year’s Day airport glitch

Senate begins hearing on New Year’s Day airport glitch

By Liza Soriano

MANILA — The Senate has started the ball rolling on the hearing of the technical glitch that happened at the country’s premier gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on New Year’s Day that affected at least 65,000 passengers including 3,000 overseas Filipino workers.

The Committee on Public Services and the Committee on Civil Service, Government Reorganization, and Professional Regulation; and Committee on Finance htook the lead in the investigation.

Chairman of Committee on Public Service Senator Grace Poe said during the Senate inquiry that their goal is not to repeat the embarrasing interruption in the airport.

“We’ve been told many different causes – as vague as a technical glitch, the interrupted Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), an outdated air traffic navigation system, overvoltage, and most recently, a faulty circuit breaker,” she said.

“But at the end of the day, our goal is to make sure this will not happen again – not only by upgrading the system or replacing the equipment but also making sure that the institutions running these are empowered and capacitated,”

Present during the hearing are Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, Tourism Secretary Ma. Esperanza Frasco, National Security Adviser Dr. Clarita Carlos, and Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines director general.

“We cannot overlook the impact of this incident. The domino effect is massive and chaotic. Hindi ko na iisa-isahin pa ang mga (I do not have to enumerate the) horror stories,” Poe said. (ai/mtvn)

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