THE administration of all airports throughout the Bangsamoro Autonomous Area in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has been transferred to the area’s Ministry of Transportation and Communication (MoTC), officers introduced Thursday.

Dickson Hermoso, MoTC minister, stated the switch took place after the signing of a memorandum of settlement final Wednesday between representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines–Division of Transportation (CAAP-DoTr) and Bangsamoro Airport Authority (BAA).

The ceremony, held in Awang Airport in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, was led by DoTr Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Roberto Lim, CAAP performing Director-Common Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, and Hermoso.

Below the settlement, the CAAP will fully flip over to BAA all of the properties, belongings, powers, and capabilities concerning the landslide administration of operational airports in Cotabato (Awang); Sanga-Sanga in Tawi-Tawi; Jolo Airport in Sulu; Mapun runway in Tawi-Tawi; in addition to the non-operational airports in Malabang and Wao airstrips, each in Lanao del Sur.

CAAP additionally transferred the administration of the airport construction and amenities within the “landslide operations” to BAA.

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The “landslide portion” consists of the passenger terminal constructing, administrative constructing, and vehicular parking space, amongst others.

The agreements additionally embody the retention of CAAP over management of the airside operational management of runways, taxiways, ramps, airport management towers, energy vegetation, and flight service station buildings.

Additionally retained beneath CAAP’s management are the air site visitors administration constructing, plane rescue and firefighting items, the Worldwide Civil Aviation Group, and air navigation tools and amenities.

“With the turnover comes nice tasks for the BAA and MoTC,” Hermoso stated.

The CAAP additionally will present technical help to BAA by way of coaching, seminar, and different actions that may improve the capability of the latter to carry out its capabilities.

Mark Nester Mendoza, CAAP lawyer, stated the companies will nonetheless present monetary assist for the airports’ upkeep and different working bills till December 31 this yr.