House gives nod on bill renaming Clark airport
THE House of Representatives passed on third reading a bill that seeks to rename the Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.
A total of 199 lawmakers voted yes to House Bill 8649 during the plenary session on December 3. No one voted against it.
The bill mandates the Department of Transportation to place appropriate markers on the airport and its facilities and issue the necessary orders and circulars to implement the provisions of the Act.
Authors of the bill are Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr., Deputy Speaker Arthur Yap, Senior Deputy Majority Leader Rodante Marcoleta (Partylist, 1-Sagip), Representative Carmelo Lazatin II (First District, Pampanga) and Representative Aurelio Gonzales, Jr. (Third District, Pampanga).
According to the authors of the measure, it is but fitting to revert the name of the airport to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in honor of the late former President Diosdado Macapagal.
On July 27, 2018, the Provincial Board of Pampanga issued Resolution 5124, titled “A resolution urging His Excellency President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and both houses of Congress to issue a presidential proclamation and appropriate legislation, respectively, reverting or renaming the Clark International Airport located at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.”
The present board of the Clark International Airport likewise approved a resolution renaming the airport as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport on the 108th birthday of the late President last September.
The renaming of the airport was pushed during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III.
Macapagal is the father of former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. (Keith A. Calayag/ SunStar Philippines)
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