Ni NOEL ABUEL
“Hindi pa ba tayo nadala? To the concerned aviation and transportation officials, have you had not enough yet?”.
Ito ang tanong nina Senador Jinggoy Estrada at Senador Nancy Binay sa muling pangyayari sa Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) na nawalan ng supply ng kuryente.
“We’ve been in this situation last New Year’s Day and it was even worse. This power outage could have been avoided if the necessary measures are already in place, at least in having an uninterruptible power supply considering the thinning of power supply this summer season and when demand usually peaks,” giit nito.
Aniya, tinukoy na ng Senate Committee Report No. 39 ang kaukulangan ng systems backup sa mga kritikal na dahilan kung kaya’t nag-shutdown ang NAIA noong Enero 1.
“The Senate already identified as among the critical reasons that led to the airport shutdown last January 1 along with the issue of lack of real maintenance to the airport equipment. That would have been enough for our concerned officials to be on the lookout for situations like what we’re having now in NAIA Terminal 3,” sabi nito.
“Sa pangalawang pagkakataon ngayong taon, nataon na holiday ang ganitong pangyayari, kung kailan dagsa ang mga pasahero sa mga paliparan. Panawagan sa ating mga concerned agencies: Maawa naman po kayo sa ating mga kababayan. Suklian naman natin ng nararapat na serbisyo ang mga binabayad nilang buwis,” pahayag pa ni Estrada.
Samantala, sinabi naman ni Binay na mistulang ibinabalandra ng pamahalaan sa buong mundo na hindi maganda at maayos ang bumiyahe sa Pilipinas.
“Only a few months after the New Year power outage that crippled aviation and airport operations, we are again in every social media portal, news channel and newspapers across the world,” sabi nito.
“Again, today’s incident pointed to a string of inadequacies that showed how weak, bad and vulnerable our airports are. Sadly, the message that we are actually sending the world: Travelling in the Philippines has become an unpleasant and frustrating experience,” dagdag pa ni Binay.
Giit nito, mistulang nasa kalagitnaan ang lahat ng long weekend, laging may aberya na nangyayari sa ating mga paliparan.
“Almost always, passengers have to deal with bad airline experiences, plus the string of technical glitches. Our gateway to the Philippines has literally become a port of inconvenience to travelers and tourists,” aniya.
“Di ba dapat prepared ang airports natin in these kinds of extra-ordinary and emergency situations lalo pa na summer at peak season ngayon? What happened to the backup and redundant systems that the DOTr and MIAA promised to upgrade?,” pag-uusisa pa ni Binay.