CAA Introduces New Team

5 July 2016

By Richie Lopa

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has a new director general, Antonio Buendia, who has replaced William K. Hotchkiss III.

Buendia is the fifth CAAP director general since the agency was created in 2008, replacing the Air Transportation Office.

Transportation Underscretary for Aviation and Airports Roberto Lim said joining Buendia are Jim Sydiongco, deputy director general for operations; Manuel Antonio Tamayo, deputy director general for administration; Donaldo A. Mendoza, assistant director general II, FSIS; Ma. Aurora Carandang-Gloria, head executive assistant; and Gil Macapagal, chief of staff.

Buendia has 43 years of civil aviation experience and is former president of Asian Spirit and the Philippine Aerospace Development Corp.

Sydiongco is a former vice president of Cebu Pacific and also was chief pilot for Philippine Airlines and senior safety supervisor of EVA Air.

Tamayo is former VP for operations of PAL and flew the Airbus A340. He was also lead pilot of the flight that took the Pope home to Rome.

Mendoza is a former Philippine Air Force pilot who flew the C130 transport. He is also rated for DC-9, B757, A319 and A320, and was Cebu Pacific director for quality assurance.

Gloria is the first commercial Filipino female pilot and the first to become captain of PAL.

Hotchkiss, who led CAAP for four years, said Buendia “knows what is needed to sustain and even to propel the industry forward and farther.”


  1. Correction,its capt Roland Narcisco (young looking pilot in the PAL adverts) who flew the pope's A320. Capt Skee Tamayao is on the 330/340 fleet ��