Lilia to push transfer of airport, jail to sites outside city proper PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 11:54

Citing the need to decongest the city proper, District 2 House Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuño said she would push for the relocation of the Zamboanga City International Airport and the City Jail outside the city proper if given the chance to serve another term as Congresswoman of the city’s Second District.

In a statement, Nuño said she would work for the approval and implementation of a proposal to transfer the local airport to a new location outside the city proper, preferably through a public-private sector partnership scheme.

At the same time, Nuño said she would also support the move to transfer to a new location the now overcrowded City Jail currently located at Varela St. in Barangay Zone 1.

Both measures, Nuño explained, would help decongest the already crammed city proper and help bring more economic activities and business opportunities to the barangays.

Nuño said she and District 1 House Rep. Lobregat, who is also seeking re-election, had agreed to work together in fulfilling their respective advocacies that wouldbring progress and prosperity both in the city proper and in the barangays.

“A major part of our platform of government is to decongest the city’s commercial and business district and develop its outward expansion by improving and opening roads, establishing new growth areas, and construction of new government installations in the outskirts of the city,” Nuño pointed out.

Citing the experience of Iloilo City, Nuño said the transfer of the Zamboanga City Airport could pave the way for the creation of a new commercial and business district in the airport’s present site.

“Just like what they did in Iloilo City, which is one of the most progressive cities in the country today, the transfer of our local airport to a new location outside the city proper could trigger more economic progress for Zamboanga City,” Nuño said.

“The present site of the airport could be converted into a new commercial and business district once we move the airport to a new location,” Nuño added. “We can do what they did in Iloilo City.”

Nuño also pointed out that the transfer and the construction of new jail facilities would be the answer to the perennial problem of the over-congestion in the present City Jail.

Recently, Nuño said, she has had initial talks with officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Governments (DILG) to discuss the possibility of transferring the Zamboanga City Jail in the earliest possible time. A lot, located somewhere in Barangay Sta. Catalina, has been identified as a possible transfer site, she added.

“We have to immediately address the problem of the over-congestion of our city jail.Our current jail, located right in the heart of the city, was designed to accommodate only 400 persons, but is now terribly overcrowded with 1,200 inmates. We are told that inmates have to take turns when they retire because of the sheer lack of sleeping space,” Nuño said.

Nuño said she was seeking another term as Second District representative to further pursue her HELP program that involves Health, Education, Livelihood and Peace and Order for the benefit of Zamboanga City residents, especially the poor and marginalized sectors.