STATEMENT OF DOTr SECRETARY ART TUGADE ON THE Xiamen Air INCIDENT
18 August 2018
“I am saddened by the inconveniences and consequences brought about by the incident involving Xiamen Air.
It is a regrettable experience, which is not of our own liking, nor of our own making. I am sorry. We did our very best to address the situation.
This incident served as an eye-opener-- a reminder for us to take a second look at the processes, procedures, and protocols of concerned agencies, as well as airlines, so that we may all improve in the future.
More importantly, through this incident, I personally witnessed the dedication and “bayanihan” spirit exhibited not only by public servants from CAAP, led by Director General Jim Sydiongco, MIAA, led by General Manager Ed Monreal, and the DOTr, but also those of third parties who offered their assistance, including the private sector, volunteers, and other airports such as Clark and Subic.
Again, on behalf of the entire DOTr Family, I am deeply sorry.”