Ramos asks DOTC on status of Zambo airport transfer plan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 July 2012 13:50

District 2 Councilor Percival Ramos has taken the cudgels of inquiring from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) the status of the feasibility study on the proposed transfer of the airport to a new site.

Ramos sponsored Resolution 493 during the City Council session recently formally inquiring from Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas  through Mayor Lobregat the status of the airport’s feasibility study following a dialogue with officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) led by airport manager Celso Bayabos.

During the dialogue, it was learned that as early as March 2009, the DOTC had already released the feasibility study of the Zamboanga International Airport Development Project intended for the transfer of the present airport to a new site.

Ramos said since the City Government through the City Council should be apprised on the progress or developments of the proposed project considering the need for expansion and improvement of facilities and services at the airport.

If and when the transfer of the airport will not be possible in the next few years, the local airport should then be included in the list of airports to be rehabilitated, he said.

Recently, the CAAP has reported the scheduled rehabilitation of at least 7 airports based on bidding done by DOTC with a total funding allocation of over P300 million. Zamboanga City airport, according to Ramos is not included in the list.

The dialogue also discussed about the ongoing airport design contest launched by various concerned agencies. The CAAP has expressed doubts as to whether the result of the design contest can be used immediately as the Zamboanga airport is not up for rehabilitation soon.

Councilor Ramos hoped that the DOTC secretary will give utmost attention to the Council request by informing the august body regarding the status of the feasibility so that other appropriate moves can be done to improve the services at the local airport.

Ramos’ resolution was unanimously approved by the councilors present during the Council session June 13. — Sheila Covarrubias