FOURTEEN lawmakers from Eastern Visayas strongly opposed the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) plan to reroute Tacloban-Manila flights to Clark in Pampanga.
The proposal was made in a bid to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
But the bloc of Visayas lawmakers at the House of Representatives branded the proposal as “anti-poor.”
“This will not only bring inconvenience to our constituents but will kill tourism and other business industry in the region. Why single out Tacloban when there other domestic airports that contribute heavily to air traffic at Naia?” Rep. Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar said.
He said if the DOTr really wants to decongest NAIA, it should transfer all international flights to Clark. If this happens, he said the agency should provide passengers a free shuttle ride to Manila and designate one lane of the North Luzon Expressway for airport shuttles.
“This plan of DOTr is anti-poor and anti-people. This will aggravate the poor condition of Eastern Visayas. DOTr should study carefully this plan to ensure its viability and protect the interests of our constituents,” Evardone said.
The Eastern Visayas bloc is composed of the congressional representatives of Leyte, Samar provinces, Biliran and Southern Leyte and the representatives of party-list groups An Waray and A-Angat Tayo.