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Philippine gov't confident of passing int'l aviation audit in Q1 2013

11-01-2012 17:06 BJT

MANILA, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Philippine government is confident of meeting all the safety concerns over Philippine aviation in time for the final audit of the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) in the first quarter of 2013, government official said Thursday.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte made the statement in an interview with state-run Radyo ng Bayan, when asked whether Malacanang Palace, the office of the president of the Philippines, was dismayed with the results of the latest Icao review which showed "significant safety concerns" over the country' s aviation system.

"The feedback we have is we have made significant progress on some of the areas of concern but there are still some things to be done. There is a final audit that will happen sometime in the first quarter of 2013 and we are optimistic that..the significant safety concerns can be addressed in time for the final audit in the first quarter," Valte said.

She added that "the more important issue is not whether we are disappointed but what we are doing."

Icao inspectors has reportedly told Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (Caap) officials during an exit briefing that Caap had failed in terms of aircraft registration and flight safety inspection, which made the Philippine aviation industry fail to have its status upgraded.


Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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