By Benjie Vergara
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director-general Alfonso Cusi resigned his post on Monday allegedly due to pressure from certain quarters that have cast doubt on his integrity and management competence.
Cusi tendered his resignation letter which is effective December 31 to President Aquino through Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, despite a four-year fixed term in office.
In his resignation letter, Cusi said that RA 9497 was promulgated to professionalize CAAP but he described that the agency, despite being “autonomous, had too much politics.”
“As a director general, I have dedicated my efforts towards the transformation of CAAP from a government line agency to a government-owned corporation, as mandated by RA 9497, otherwise known as the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines,” the letter stated.
There seemed to be a political infighting in the CAAP before Cusi resigned. It was learned that one of the seven political appointees who were sent by Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Jose P. de Jesus to compose the new board of directors of the agency had an animosity with Cusi.
It was also learned that the new CAAP officials were opposed to Cusi’s leadership of CAAP.
Cusi said in the letter that he had been steadfast for the upgrading of the status of the Philippine civil aviation, aiming for the immediate resolution of the Significant Safety Concern advise for the International Civil Aviation Organization, the “watch list” directive of the European Community and, finally, the Category 2 rating of the US-Federal Aviation Authority.