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Cablegate: Philippines Civair: Faa Requesting Immediate Final

VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHML #3608 3110626
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 070626Z NOV 07
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8821
RHMFIUU/FAA NATIONAL HQ WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
RULSDMK/DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON DC IMMEDIATE
INFO RUEHGP/AMEMBASSY SINGAPORE IMMEDIATE 7252
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO IMMEDIATE 3385

UNCLAS MANILA 003608

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

STATE FOR EAP/MTS AND EEB/TRA/AN
FAA FOR API-1/AFS-50/AGC-7
SINGAPORE FOR FAA REP
TOKYO FOR FAA CARL STROMBOM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAIR ECON RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES CIVAIR: FAA REQUESTING IMMEDIATE FINAL
DISCUSSION ON AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT - UPDATE

REF: (A) STATE 149143, (B) MANILA 03536

1. On October 29, 2007 EconCouns separately met with Edward
Pagunsan, Undersecretary of Department of Transportation and
Communication (DOTC), Daniel Dimagiba, Executive Director of Air
Transportation Office (ATO) and Ray Carandang, Assistant Secretary
for American Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs to discuss
ramifications of FAA's summary report (ref A) and to confirm final
discussions of this issue on November 29.

2. EconCouns also met with congressmen Junie Cua and Jack Duavit to
urge the 14th Congress to pass a bill to create a new Civil Aviation
Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). EconCouns also met with
Bernardino Sayo, Undersecretary of Presidential Legislative Liaison
Office to discuss the pending legislation. A high-level
public-private task force led by Transportation Secretary Leandro
Mendoza and President of Philippine Airlines (PAL) Jaime Bautista
has been formed to work on the issues outlined in FAA report. The
task force invited us to join a meeting next week on remedies.

Kenney

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