DOTC confirms approval of new fund for Bicol airport construction

Albay Governor Joey Salceda with independent Galing at Puso vice-presidential candidate Sen. Francis Escudero in a recent radio guesting in Legazpi City. Photo from Facebook page of Gov. Salceda.

Fund for the construction of the much delayed project of Bicol International Airport was already approved by the Department of Transportation and Communications.

According to Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, DOTC Secretary Abaya called him up last Friday that the P780-million fund for the project has already been awarded.

The now available fund will be used to finish a new ramp and jumpstart Phase 2 of the project.

It must be recalled that Salceda bolted the Liberal Party and dumped support for the Aquino administration’s anointed presidential and vice presidential candidates. And announced his full support of the independent Galing at Puso team of Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero.

Observers said one of the reason was the present administration’s failure to redeem its promise of completing the construction of Bicol International Airport.

The perception of that lack of support from the Aquino administration was confirmed when the provincial government was forced to make a loan for P500 million to support the hosting of the Palarong Pambansa 2016 last April which simply awed athletes, other delegates and spectators starting with grand opening of the national games.


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