After having recovered from its image as one of the worst airports in the world, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is now poised to change its name to finally get rid of the bad image and start fresh.
In Congress, there is a bill that seeks to change the name of the country’s primary airport from NAIA to PPP or the Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.
House Bill No. 7031 is authored by Representatives Paolo Duterte (Davao City 1st District), Lord Allan Jay Velasco (Marinduque), and Eric Go Yap (ACT-CIS).
Republic Act 6639, enacted on December 10, 1987, renamed then Manila International Airport to Ninoy Aquino International Airport during the administration of then President Corazon C. Aquino.
Being the international gateway of the Philippines, the three congressmen said that “there is a need to identify the same as belonging to the Philippines” and not to one person alone.
The proposed name Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas is a name that clearly represents the whole nation and brings pride to the Filipinos with the use of the national language.
Rep. Velasco said that having a very Filipino name for our international gateway sparks nationalism in each and everyone of us.
He said that our Filipino language should be the very first thing our visitors see upon landing at the airport an indication that we Filipinos are proud of our heritage.
The proposed bill will be calendared for 1st Reading where it will be referred to the Committee on Transportation for deliberation.