Bill granting 25-year franchise extension to Air Philippines lapses into law

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 26) — A measure granting a fresh 25-year franchise to Air Philippines Corp., a company under Lucio Tan-led PAL Holdings, lapsed into law earlier this month as President Rodrigo Duterte failed to sign the bill on time.

Republic Act No 11682 lapsed into law last April 11. A copy of the new law was released by Malacañang on Tuesday.

The bill grants the company to establish, operate and maintain domestic and international air transport services, including the maintenance and operation of hangars, and aircraft service stations and facilities, and other services related to aircraft transportation.

It also requires the firm to secure certificates, permits, and licenses for its operations from the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

Air Philippines Corp. operates as PAL Express, the low-cost carrier of Philippine Airlines (PAL).

PAL's domestic network operations cover 30 cities and towns across the country, mostly under codeshare and operated by PAL Express.

According to a filing released last April 6 to the local bourse, PAL Holdings said the flag carrier, together with PAL Express, is considered the Philippines' largest international airline.

E-vehicles development bill also lapses into law

A measure seeking the development of the Philippine electric vehicle industry also lapsed into law on April 15.

With Duterte not signing nor vetoing the bill, Republic Act No 11697 now paves way for the creation of a Comprehensive Roadmap for the Electric Vehicle Industry (CREVI).

The bill covers the "manufacture, assembly, importation, construction, installation, maintenance, trade and utilization, research and stations and related equipment, parts and components, batteries, and related support infrastructure."

Some of the bill's salient points are the development of standards and specifications for EVs and charging stations, as well as the latter's construction and installation.

The bill also mandates the designation of designated parking slots for EVs, recycling facilities, and the inclusion of "green routes" in the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board route plans.