BAA, CAAP convene to speed up complete devolution

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC)-BARMM, through the Bangsamoro Airport Authority (BAA) and Department of Transportation (DOTr), through the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), convened to resolve issues and fast track the devolution of powers and functions from CAAP to BAA on Feb 27-28, 2022 at Pasay City, Philippines.

This meeting is in line with Minister Dickson P. Hermoso’s agenda in expediting the realization of RA No. 11054, otherwise known as "The Bangsamoro Organic Law," which mandates to devolve the Bangsamoro Government certain powers and functions from DOTr and its attached agencies. Thus, six attached agencies of the MOTC have already assumed powers and functions of their national counterparts, and BAA’s assumption will complete the ministry’s devolution.

Discussed during the said meeting, among others, were the (1) formulation of mechanisms in assuring the rapid success of MOA created; (2) a proposed strategic timetable on the deliverables and timeline to complete the such; (3) the identification of nationally-funded programs or projects that can be devolved to the ministry such as the Awang Airport’s PTB extension and the like.
MOTC’s representatives were Director General Roslaine L. Macao-Maniri, and BAA Regional Head Carmencita O. Salik, joined by Attorney IV Atty. Bai Sandra U. Sandialan and Attorney IV Atty. Hanamir N. Emblawa from the MOTC Legal Services. The DOTr, on the other hand, was represented by CAAP Deputy Director General for Administration BGEN John Estabillo along with his Officials.