Lawmakers push to rename NAIA to ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas’

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is considered as the country’s main gateway, the center of all international and local flights and the largest airport in the Philippines. 

For this reason, several lawmakers want to rename it using the Filipino language that will reflect Filipino patriotism.

Representatives Paolo Duterte, Lord Allan Velasco and Eric Go Yap file on Thursday (June 25) House Bill No. 7031 which seeks to rename NAIA to ‘Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas.’

“We want it to reflect the legacy of the Filipino people, our everyday heroes. The name bears no color, no political agenda. It only signifies our warmth as Filipinos in welcoming our own kababayans and foreign visitors,” said House Deputy Speaker and presidential son Rep. Paolo Duterte.

ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Yap, meanwhile, said changing the name will add a ‘homey’ feel not only for returning Filipinos but also for foreign tourists. 

“Gusto natin na paglapag pa lang ng eroplano dito, pangalan na agad ng bansa natin ang bubungad sa ating mga balik-bayan pati sa mga turista mula sa ibang bansa (We want the name of our country to welcome our arriving compatriots and foreign guests),” he said. 

“Ating iparamdam sa kanila na sila ay nakauwi na sa kanilang tahanan, (Make them feel that they are finally home),” he added.

Marinduque District Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, for his part, said renaming the airport will further strengthen its identity as the country’s premier gateway to the world.

“Renaming it to Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Pilipinas will not only benefit and bolster our brand as a destination hub, but will also strengthen the country’s identity,” Velasco said.

Prior to its current name, NAIA was formerly known as Manila International Airport (MIA) but was renamed in 1987 under Republic Act 6639. MNP (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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