Gov’t., NGOs to secure airport in case of emergency

Government and non-government organizations (NGOs) are ready to respond to incidents and emergencies that may take place at the Bacolod-Silay airport.

AIRPORT PREPAREDNESS. Bacolod-Silay Airport Manager Martin Terre (left) during a recent Aerodrome Emergency Preparedness tabletop exercise at the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, CAAP, office.*(LLJR-PIA6)

This was learned during the recent Bacolod-Silay Airport tabletop exercise held at the PMO Conference Hall of airport attended by more than 50 participants coming from various government and private agencies.

The exercise simulated an airline emergency landing where participants grouped themselves according to their role such as airport police/ military/ security, services; airline operator, airport crush, fire, rescue services; air traffic services; public information officer/ information management and medical officer/ hospitals.

Airport Manager Martin Terre said the ultimate goal of responding to incidents and emergencies is saving lives and properties.

“In the case of airport operation emergencies, cooperation amongst various agencies and stakeholders is vital so as to carry through with the objective of ultimately saving lives and properties.”

According to him aerodrome or airport safety is still foremost in the aviation industry that is best achieved through the unified and collaborative efforts of stakeholders.

He said there will be more collaboration with the group to complete the series of emergency operations preparedness for Bacolod-Silay Airport.

Meanwhile, Alex Balde, Chief Aerodrome and Air Navigation Safety and Oversight Office (AANSO) of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines lauded the cooperation of the group in conducting the exercise as well as CAAP Bacolod for spearheading the activity.* (JSC/Lljr/PIA6 NegOcc)