Arroyo’s appointment as adviser encouraging for Clark

CLARK FREEPORT (CIAC-CCO, November 27, 2020)—The head of the government-run Clark International Airport Corp. on Friday said the appointment of former President and House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the Presidential Adviser on Clark Flagship Programs and Projects is an encouraging development for CIAC and Clark stakeholders. 

“President Arroyo’s legacy has been an additional rock in the edifice of a strong Republic. Now, her unparalleled expertise in economics and governance, along with her sincerity and wise counsel, will hasten the growth and progress of Clark as one of the major economic engines of our country,” Aaron Aquino, CIAC president, said.

Aquino added the CIAC management is upbeat on Arroyo’s appointment as the former president will be able to guide the firm in its mandate to further develop and establish a globally competitive Clark Civil Aviation Complex.

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Tugade backs CIAC’s operational flexibility amid pandemic

CLARK FREEPORT (CIAC-CCO, November 17)—Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the operational flexibility of the Clark International Airport Corp. is an important step in helping investors cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a recent meeting with the aviation sector of the Department of Transportation, Secretary Tugade expressed his support on the recommendation of CIAC President Aaron Aquino to implement policies that will provide assistance to certain locators at the Clark Civil Aviation Complex whose businesses were among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I understand and support your recommendation, Aaron. We need to extend help to locators, especially those who were impacted by the pandemic, in the context of what is right and proper, and what is consistent with existing government rules and regulations,” Tugade said.

The CIAC chief said the pandemic-fueled business uncertainty calls for operational flexibility as an investment strategy in dealing with locators without detriment to the government.

Bayanihan also means helping (CIAC investors) so they may promptly recover and help the government in its landside business development projects that will readily create revenue sources,” Aquino said.

In July, CIAC imposed a deferred collection of lease rentals and granted locators a 30-day grace period from the last due date of their rental payments.

Aquino noted that some locators of CIAC wish to extend lease agreements or are looking for a middle ground on rental issues or extension in the period of payments.

“We’re going to extend lease agreements (of locators) on a case-to-case basis so hopefully this move will serve as springboards for them to recover from the sudden business disruption and income loss,” Aquino added.

The Clark Civil Aviation Complex managed by CIAC is home to the privately-run Clark International Airport, as well as the mixed-use business district Clark Global City, and currently around 45 locators in cargo and aviation-related businesses.

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Clark body grants employees bonuses, free swab tests ahead of holidays

CLARK FREEPORT (CIAC-CCO, November 16)—Some 114 employees of the state-run Clark International Airport Corp. will receive their year-end bonuses and cash gifts today, November 16.

CIAC President Aaron Aquino said he directed the immediate release of the employees’ bonuses equivalent to a month’s salary plus a P5,000 cash gift each as the holiday shopping season nears.

“This is our gesture of empathy for our employees, that they’ll be able to enjoy the year-end fruits of their labor and still appreciate the spirit of the Yuletide season even during this pandemic,” Aquino said.

With the much awaited incentive granted, Aquino also reminded employees to ensure strict safety measures against COVID-19 infection especially during holiday shopping with the attendant crowd.

The release of bonuses is mandated by the National Budget Circular 579 issued in January this year by the Department of Budget and Management.

Meanwhile, Aquino announced that starting November 17, all CIAC employees will undergo free Polymerase chain reaction tests to help in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.

The free swab tests this week will be the first to be conducted on a quarterly basis, Aquino added.