WITH an overwhelming 199 affirmative votes, the House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a proposed law seeking to rename the Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.
House Bill (HB) No. 8549, principally authored by House Majority Leader and Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando “Nonoy” Andaya Jr., states that it is but fitting to name the airport in honor of former President Diosdado Macapagal, a Filipino with a sterling legacy and incomparable distinction as a “respected leader, champion of the poor, true statesman, and a nationalist of unquestionable integrity.”
The bill is also authored by Deputy Speaker and Bohol Rep. Arthur Yap, House senior Deputy Majority Leader and 1-Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, Pampanga Rep. Carmelo Lazatin II, and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales.
Stressing the primacy of the airport in aviation and the international air transportation community, Andaya said Clark International Airport is the most viable and convenient airport of choice for travelers from North and Central Luzon and the Northern Metro Manila area.
On July 27, 2018, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pampanga issued Resolution No. 5124 entitled “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.”
Meanwhile on the occasion of the 108th birth anniversary of the late President last September, the present Board of Directors of the Clark International Airport approved a resolution renaming the airport as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.