Top CAAP Board execs sworn into office

February 14, 2011 12:58 am 

MANILA, Feb. 13 — President Aquino has sworn into office Ramon Gutierrez as Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) vice Alfonso Cusi, who resigned in December.

Gutierrez has a Bachelor's degree from the Philippine Military Academy (1978), a Master's degree in management from the Asian Institute of Management (1996), and was once the military intelligence attache in Hong Kong.

He has served for 23 years in the government before his present assignment. His civilian position was as Operations Manager, Ayala Aviation of Ayala Group; President and COO (Corporate Air, Inc.); and Board of Director, Zest Airways.

At the same time, President Aquino has also signed the appointment papers of seven other key officials, whose earlier recommendations by Transportation and Communications Secretary Jose de Jesus was turned down by the Civil Service Commission.

The new appointees include Napoleon Garcia, Deputy Director General for Operations and John Roa Andrews, Deputy Director General for Administration; Willy Borja, Assistant General II, Air Traffic Service; Elmer Pena, Assistant General II, Flight Standard Inspectorate Service; Andrew Basallote, Assistant General II, Air Navigation Service; and Edgardo Costes, Assistant General II, Aerodrome Management Service (Adms).

Appointed Assistant Director General I, (Adms), was Wilson Mirabona, who took the place of Andres Laurilla, now officer-in-charge of the Civil Aviation Training Center.

Gutierrez said he hopes that with the appointment of the key officials, CAAP would be able to focus on addressing the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) raised by the ICAO and regain the country's Category 1 status while enjoying the mandate and the support of all the stakeholders in the aviation industry, especially the riding public.

“We, at CAAP, believe that the expertise and competencies of the aforementioned officials will take the Philippines to a higher notch of being globally competitive and internationally compliant.

Gutierrez has a fixed term of four years. (PNA)

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