CAAP bumili ng 2 UPS

CAAP bumili ng 2 UPS

January 10, 2023 @ 5:20 PM 2 weeks ago


MANILA, Philippines- Bumili ang Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) ng dalawang uninterruptible power supply (UPS) para maiwasan ang isa pang air traffic management system malfunction na nangyari noong Bagong Taon at nagresulta sa pagsasara ng airspace ng Pilipinas.

“We evaluated the condition of our two UPS, and one of the UPS had a problem on the blower but other than that, it is functioning as it should be. The other UPS had no defects at all. Hindi po UPS ang may diperensya. It was the circuit breaker,” ani CAAP acting director general Manuel Antonio Tamayo sa briefing sa House transportation committee.

“But we did emergency procurement of two additional UPS because our current UPS is already mid-life. The UPS life is between five to 10 years. Our position is that, why wait seven to 10 years when this is vital equipment, so we procured two right away as a measure to prevent this [New Year’s day Philippine airspace shutdown] from happening again,” dagdag niya.

Matatandaang pumalya ang UPS nang magkaroon ng humigit-kumulang pitong oras na shutdown ng Philippine airspace.

“We know it is the circuit breaker, but we don’t know what caused the circuit breaker to fail. We are not authorized to open the circuit breaker. If we find that it is not functioning, then we will replace it as we should,” sabi ni Tamayo.

“Our internal investigation, including forensic investigation and external investigation by various agencies, is ongoing,” patuloy niya.

Gayunpaman, nanindigan si Tamayo na ang CAAP na may sapat na tauhan na nagpapatakbo ng sistema sa pamamahala ng trapiko sa himpapawid.

“We do have qualified electrical engineers. They are not only qualified, but are experienced technicians, they are trained to operate Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance/Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) System po,” giit pa niya.

Sinabi naman ni Civil Aviation Board Executive Director Carmelo Arcilla, na hindi pa matukoy ang halaga ng financial compensation o anumang uri ng remuneration para sa mahigit 56,000 pasaherong apektado ng grounded flights sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport noong Enero 1 habang nakabinbin ang pinal na resulta ng imbestigasyon

“The airline losses are at P100 million, but we have to admit the amount [of losses] on the part of individuals affected, mailap po ito [compensation amount]. We are trying hard to have reference values kasi malaking perwisyo po ito, there are those whose employment were put in jeopardy,” aniya.

“On the part of airlines, it is a force majeure situation (act of God) so they are not responsible aside from the APBR (Air Passenger Bill of Rights) benefits. But force majeure is also relative to the person invoking it. How about the government’s liability? It is still under forensic investigation, whether there is negligence or bad faith [among government officials], and it is from these that the liability and responsibility of the government will arise,” dagdag niya.

Sinabi naman ni House Deputy Minority Leader France Castro na hindi maikakaila ang kapabayaan ng gobyerno sa sitwasyon.

“This is not force majeure. Based on the presentation of CAAP and the DOTR (Department of Transportation), there is negligence, and there should be accountability to the passengers in the form of financial compensation or whatever compensation may be,” patuloy niya. RNT/SA