October 10, 2007 at 6:50 AM #71500
may budget daa?
saen mananggad dpat itugdok ang Bikol Int’l Airport?
Cguro mas strategic kun sa Bicol iyan itugdok…
accessible ang lugar sa gabos na Bikolano…
October 10, 2007 at 6:20 AM #71495
The people of Albay and Camarines Sur are somewhat in a jet lag over the issue on where the international airport in the Bicol region will or should be put up. Originally, it was proposed in Daraga, Albay, particularly in Barangay Alobo.
Called the Southern Luzon International Airport, it is expected to be developed in a 144-hectare lot by year 2010 as prioritized by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in her State of the Nation Address last year.
However, another international airport is being constructed in Libmanan, Camarines Sur — the Bicol International Airport. Albay is just a few hours away from CamSur and it is a continuing debate whether it is possible for one region to have two international airports.
Libmanan Mayor Rodolfo Jimenez says P8 billion will be loaned for the construction of the Bicol International Airport. It will be built by a contractor which helped put up Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.
With the completion of the said airport, there would be easy access to the famous wakeboarding at the Camarines Sur Watersports Complex in Pili, now a local home for foreign wakeboarders. Mayor Jimenez is 100-percent confident that this will push through, in as much as the provincial government of Albay is.
In 2002, the Regional Development Council approved the SL international airport in Daraga over contender Barangay Bariis in Legazpi City.
Daraga is the home of the world-known Cagsawa Ruins, which provides the perfect view for Mayon Volcano. It is a town away from Legazpi City, the business center of Bicol. It connects tourist destinations for those who want to dive with the manta rays in Ticao Island, Masbate and Donsol, Sorsogon where foreign tourists flock to during the “Butanding” season. If the planned airport materializes, a boom in the tourism industry is expected. It will also be open to the whole of Southern Luzon to tourism.
As to its certainty, Albay Board Member Neil Montallana confirms that they are already starting to work on the project.
In fact, the initial fund of the P3.5-billion budget of the SL international airport has already been released. The classification of the affected lots is ongoing, wherein a 20-hectare lot is being considered as relocation for residents to be affected by the project. The start of the construction is set in March of next year.
However, many have opposed and questioned the plans. The management of the Naga City domestic airport recently expressed its concern that they have not yet received any information on the planned Bicol International Airport in Libmanan.
Airport manager Edgardo Ramos says two airports cannot be possible in one province, more so two international airports in one region. CamSur First District Congressman and presidential son Dato Arroyo supports the plan.
Arroyo, however qualified the plan is possible but it is not his priority. Albay Gov. Joey Salceda is open to Libmanan’s plan, though he says it would be more advantageous to have an airport in Albay because it would benefit more provinces and it is nearer the Visayas region. Salceda says he is open to negotiations and will not oppose the Libmanan plan.
Interestingly, there is somewhat a conflict with regard to territorial ownership in the same way that there was even a rumor, regional government offices based in Legazpi City will be transferred to Naga City because of the devastation brought about by Typhoon Reming, in addition to the unpredictability of the continuously restive Mt. Mayon.
Although having two international airports in one region seems impossible and very costly, it would actually be an advantage in terms of economy and tourism. This is as long as something is also done about the peace and order situation, road access and public safety in this calamity-stricken part of the country.
PARA SAKUYA MADAGOS LANGMASKI SAIN PARA HARANI ANG LANDING PAGBAKASYON….DAI NA MAAGI PA SA MANILA…
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.