Lawmaker confirms renaming of int’l airport

A lawmaker has confirmed the move to change the name of Clark International Airport (CIA) to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in honor of the late President Diosdado Macapagal.

The renaming of the CIA is proposed in House Bill 6699, filed by Rep. Carmelo Lazatin (1st District, Pampanga), which was approved by virtue of Board Resolution 07-08 by the Clark Development Corporation in July 2001.

“This was in time for the commemoration of his 91st birth anniversary on September 28, 2001,” Lazatin said.

Lazatin said the renaming of CIA to DMIA honored one of the respected leaders of Pampanga, being the first Kapampangan President.

According to Lazatin, it was the Americans who renamed Clark Air Base in honor of a foreign aviation pioneer Major Harold Clark of the US Army Signal Corps who died in a seaplane crash in Panama Canal in 1919. Other installations named after Americans have been changed in honor of Filipinos.

Lazatin said under Republic Act 9400 otherwise known as “An Act Amending Republic Act No. 7227, As Amended, Otherwise Known As The Bases Conversion And Development Act Of 1992, And For Other Purposes,” this officially recognized the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

“Under this law, Clark was turned into a Freeport (Section 15) with the same investment incentives enjoyed by investors at the Subic Bay Freeport, with Clark Development Corporation (CDC) as administrator of the Clark Freeport and its subsidiary, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) which is running the DMIA by virtue of Executive Order 193, series of 2003,”Lazatin said.

“The passage of this measure shall recognize the name of the international airport located in Clark as the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA),” Lazatin said.

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