The CAAP law was the government’s resolution to the downgrading of the Philippine aviation industry to category 2 by ICAO. It has been two years since the CAAP law was enacted, and still the Philippines is still at category 2 with major issues in safety and security.
What has the law accomplished since its inception? CAAP said in October 2010 that it has addressed 46 out of 64 of the FAA audit findings, and said that with regard to the remaining 18 audit findings, CAAP said it will continue a top-down review of the organization and its operations. However, only ICAO’s audit will fully put the Philippines back to Category 1. Scheduled for an ICAO audit in December 2010, Cusi was somehow confident that we will regain our category 1 status.
Further, in November 2010, CAAP boasts of addressing 87 out of 89 deficiencies set by ICAO. The two outstanding deficiencies were training of new civil aviation authority’s inspectors and computerization of the industry.
However the supposed audit did not push through. Upon the appointment of seven new board members, ICAO had concerns about continuity and sustainability of the programs and policies implemented by the CAAP. According to a letter sent by ICAO,
“...I would like to inform you that due to operational concerns, we will need to postpone the ICVM. We will endeavor to work with you to re-schedule the mission for mutually agreed upon dates,” said Henri Gourdji, chief of ICAO's Continuous Monitoring and Oversight Section. These “operational concerns” are “related to the insecurity of ICAO in the sustainability of the present reforms being undertaken by CAAP.” Further, ICAO explains that “The present unclear political announcements of a change in senior management could create, in Icao’s opinion, an indeterminable future of professional processes within CAAP,”.
Because of the postponement of the audit, no matter how many deficiencies were already addressed, the Philippine remain at category 2. In the last audit...
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