Duterte vows to finish airport terminal ‘without corruption’

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RHAYDZ B. BARCIA DARAGA, Albay: President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to finish construction of the P4.8-billion Bicol Inter­national Airport terminal within three years “without corruption.”

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BICOL GETS NEW AIRPORT President Rodrigo Duterte (second from right) is photographed with Bicolano leaders following groundbreaking rites for the planned Bicol International Airport. With him are (from left) Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption founding chairman Dante Jimenez and Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara. PHOTO BY RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

BICOL GETS NEW AIRPORT President Rodrigo Duterte (second from right) is photographed with Bicolano leaders following groundbreaking rites for the planned Bicol International Airport. With him are (from left) Ako Bicol partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe, Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption founding chairman Dante Jimenez and Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara. PHOTO BY RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

“Bicol International Airport will be finished within two to three years. You’re lucky because you have two airports. In my time, it will be finished without corruption,” Duterte told The Manila Times in an interview here.

He expressed admiration at the picturesque scenery where the international airport will be put up with Mount Mayon–regarded as the world’s perfect volcano–as a backdrop.

“Bicolandia is very lucky, you have precious jewel Mount Mayon like a Miss Universe. That alone will give you enough tourists with the beauty of Mayon Volcano,” the President said.

Duterte flew to Legazpi City on Thursday at 3 p.m. and proceeded shortly to Barangay Alobo, Daraga town to lead ground-breaking for the building of the international airport terminal and other site developments under Package 2A here.

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GRAFT-FREEPresident Rodrigo Duterte leads ground-breaking for construction of the P4.8billion Bicol International Airport terminal on Thursday in Daraga, Albay. Joining him were Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara; Representatives Joey Salceda, Alfredo Garbin, Christopher Co and Rodel Batocabe; and Transportation Secretary Arturo Tugade. Duterte vows to finish the project within three years “without corruption.” PHOTO BY RHAYDZ B. BARCIA

The President said the completion of the international airport in Bicol will boost the region’s economy and nearby regions as well as it will bring in more tourists to the countryside and spawn development.

The construction of the Bicol International Airport terminal has been delayed for over a decade because of the snail-paced release of funds under previous administrations.

Rep. Joey Salceda (2nd District) said under Duterte leadership, the project was awarded in just four months without delay, compared to the three years in the past to bid out the project.

“In just four months, the Duterte administration was able to award the project without delay and gave it the green light to expedite the construction. We’re very thankful to the President for his care for Bicol’s development. This is good for Bicol and will make us a hub” Salceda added.

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara said the original plan for the terminal of the Bicol International Airport has been revised under the new Transportation secretary, Arturo Tugade, making it compliant with international standards.

Under the revised plan, Bichara added, the new airport terminal in Albay provides for escalators specifically for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

“After discussing the defects of the [original]plan, they agreed to revise the plan. I was able to talk to the President about this and it has to be an international airport [that can]accommodate travellers 50 years from now,” according to the governor.

He said Tugade promised to expedite the construction to finish it before Duterte’s term ends as a priority project.

“There’s money available in Congress appropriated already. The delayed construction is a blessing in disguise because we’re able to revise the plan and correct the defects to fit international standards as the old plan is outmoded,” Bichara noted.

He said the exisiting Legazpi City airport has become crowded for tourists.

Before leaving Alobo to attend the 7th Federalism anniversary event organized by Dante Jimenez, convenor of the federalism movement here, the President pose for a picture with Mount Mayon as a backdrop.

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7 Comments

  1. President Duterte is certainly an action-oriented leader who gets the work done despite criticisms from all corners.

  2. @ENCARNACION MAY
    Your suggestion and idea is very good, however much to the liking of this government it points to one and only hindrance … MONEY…. if our government have the resources then it will be implemented right away of course without corruption …. but seeing your comment is a good start among us that we care about our country … It will be done little by little and will come into reality in our time, hoping players of all sectors bind together in this mission for it is not impossible.

  3. Luzviminda Bayani on

    puro na lang war on drugs!!! puro EJK! wala nang ginawa itong admin na ito!! oust duterte!!

    -hater

    • anong sabi mo … ang layo yata sa article na ito ang sinasabi mo … you are barking in the wrong tree … sana noon ka pa tumahol noong si Abnoy ang nakaupo sa trono … bakit ngayon lang … a nuissance indeed…

    • Puro ka reklamo! Wala pa nga isang taon si president duterte, magreklamo ka kpg wala syang ginagawa. Pwe!

  4. Encarnacion May on

    What about resurrecting the old Airport in Bulan Sorsogon? The majority of the passengers going through the Legaspi Airport come from Sorsogon who have to travel at least 3 hours to and from the Legaspi terminal especially those coming from Southern Sorgoson (Bulan, Matnog, Sta. Magdalena, and Irosin) not to mention those coming from or going to the Visayas or Mindanao by way of the Port of Matnog.

    There are more local travelers using the Legaspi airport than there are or will be foreign tourists passing through the Legaspi Airport. Why service the few to the exclusion of the many?

    Another alternative would be to build a high-speed train between Southern Sorsogon all the way to Legaspi to centralize airport operation in Legaspi. A high-speed train between this two places would not only improve travel experience but bolster the economy as well as all the other areas where improved transportation is supposed to bring about.

    Better yet, why not build a high-speed train between Manila all the way to the southern tip of Luzon. This will not only ease out congestion in the Legaspi Airport terminal and all the areas in between but provide cheaper and faster way to travel between Manila and Southern Bicol, thus vastly improving the infrastructure that provides the engine for a much better economy and much-needed comfort to the traveling public.

    The fact that it takes 3 hours to travel going to and from the airport (for those areas stated above) and only about 40 minutes to fly and from Manila by plane is not a sensible solution at all. The best solutions are those that would tackle and address the worst of the problems. Modernizing the Legaspi Airport is simply a window dressing to a much bigger Bicol transportation problem,

    As much as need bigger airports, we need cheaper, faster, and more comfortable transportation systems. None of our current transportation systems (Airplane and Buses) in Bicol provide that.

    We’re in the 21st century and yet our solutions to our transportation problems are relics of the 19thth century.