The inauguration ceremony for the New Communications, Navigation and Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Project was held on January 16, 2018 at the headquarters of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines in Manila. The turnover was attended by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade and Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda. In his speech, President Duterte expressed his deepest appreciation for support from Japan.
Developed through Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA), this project aims to improve the system that allows air traffic controllers to communicate with, navigate and monitor the planes flying between airports throughout the entire Philippines smoothly. Approximately 50 facilities, including a central control tower in Manila and radar sites and radio stations around the country, were constructed in this project to complement the improved system. Japan has provided the Philippines with ODA loan amounting to 22 billion yen (10 billion peso) to implement this project.
The functional enhancement by this project would improve the safety and punctuality of air transportation while responding to rapidly expanding air travel demand due to economic growth. It is expected to further reinforce the strategic partnership between the two countries as well as contribute to the sustainable development of the Philippines.
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