NAIA set to make our summer holiday more Breezy
Its summer time in Europe, for many of us it is time for our much awaited holiday to the Philippines. However June is the start of the rainy season in the Philippines and this could occasional traffic delays and other problems in the airport when you land.
Luckily officials of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has already assembled a weather management committee yesterday just in time for the onset of the rainy season.
MIAA General Manager and Weather Disturbance Management Committee Chair Jose Angel Honrado directed NAIA terminal managers and their emergency response teams (ERT) to discuss control procedures during bad weather.
Severe rains are considered crisis situations by aviation officials.
Honrado reminded NAIA terminal managers of their role as ERT chiefs and that ‘They are mandated under MIAA guidelines on severe and extreme weather disturbances to carry out emergency procedures in their areas of responsibility.’
Terminal managers take command as ERT chiefs during Storm Signals 2 to 4 or when yellow, orange and red alerts are issued by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
ERTs are composed of:
- Evacuation group – in charge of evacuating airport tenants and passengers to a safe place
- Medical and first aid group – gives medical attention to the injured
- Security group – in charge of crowd control
- Facilities group – ensures all equipment and facilities are operational during a crisis
Honrado also ordered NAIA terminal managers to comply with the completion dates of all ongoing projects to prevent any undue disturbance during the rainy season.