President Rodrigo Roa Duterte leads the unveiling of the marker of the Sangley Airport Development Project in Cavite City during its inauguration on February 15, 2020. Assisting the President is Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
CAVITE CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte inaugurated Saturday the multi-million Sangley Airport Development Project (SADP) built to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the country’s major aviation hub.
In a speech the during inauguration, President Duterte said the government has the resources to build major infrastructures stressing that through prudent spending under competent managers, the state can complete projects that are beneficial to the people.
The President praised Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade for his efforts to complete the Sangley Airport Development Project describing him as “competent and bright”.
Also during his speech, the President reiterated his firm stance against graft and corruption saying he won’t tolerate abuses especially in the bureaucracy.
At the same time, President Duterte said that he will not allow any type of land reclamation by the private sector during his term, except priority government projects.
“Not during my time. I will only allow maybe plans of whatever reclamation if it is in connection with the government project. I will not allow massive reclamation for the private sector. Not now. Because if you approve one, you approve all,” he said.
“When you govern you try to be — at least you try very hard to be equal and fair. But if I do that, I will choke Manila,” he said, explaining the reason why he took control of the government reclamation authority.
The P486-million Sangley Airport Development Project is one of the key projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” Program.
SADP was supposed to be completed in March 2020, but construction works were fast-tracked following the President’s directive. The project was completed in November last year.
The facility, which is 100-percent operational, is being utilized for general aviation operations. Proponents said the newly built facility can now cater to the needs of turbo-prop aircraft engaged in commercial cargo operations.
Under the project, a new terminal building was constructed to accommodate 160 passengers. The terminal building is equipped with flight information display system (FIDS), closed circuit television (CCTV), x-ray, and baggage handling and weight conveyor.
The airport’s runway was also upgraded and it is now equipped with precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lights and air ground lighting system.
This year, the Department of Transportation (DOtr) allocated P500 million to improve the airport’s drainage system to prevent flooding. (IAMIGO/PND/sovereignph.com)