PPA-DOTr officials to inspect airport, seaport today Print
Friday, 04 August 2017 14:46

By Dexter Yap

Officials of the Department of Transportation will be arriving in Zamboanga city today to inspect ongoing projects by the national government in the city’s airport and seaport.

Congressman Celso Lobregat said he has invited House of Representatives Committee on Transportation Chairman Hon. Cesar Sarmiento from the Lone District of Catanduanes to spearhead the officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in the said inspection today.

Aside from chairman Sarmiento, Lobregat also invited Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago, DOtr Undersecretary for Aviation Manuel Antonio Tamayo and other PPA and CAAP official delegations.

This was the agreement derived by the officials concerned after Congressman Lobregat manifested before the congressional committee report hearing on DOTr convened last week.

The officials will arrive on board an early morning flight today at the Zamboanga International Airport, wherein they will have a sdhort briefing from CAAP officials led by Airport Manager Naga Rascal. Afterwhich an inspection of the airport facilities and ongoing projects will be conducted by DOTr officials led by Undersecretary Tamayo.

From the airport, the group will motor towards the local wharf where they will be accommodated by local Port Manager Engr. Liberto Dela Rosa who will also show to PPA General Manager Santiago the ongoing and upcoming projects of the PPA in the local port of Zamboanga.

After the inspection, a briefing and dialog will take place inside the PPA Conference room then followed by a press conference with the members of the local media.

Lobregat told chairman Sarmiento and the DOTr officials that it is very important for them to visit Zamboanga City to personally see and have an assessment on the ongoing projects being implemented as well as to seek justification on the additional funds to be needed by the seaport and airport rehabilitations in the 2018 budget as well.

Lobregat said he has personally invited Committee on Transportation Chairman Sarmiento to come to Zamboanga City in order to convince his co-league to consider the appropriation of more budget for the improvement of our local seaport and airport being a growing city. – Dexter Yap