MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that it is now taking measures to expedite the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley airport in Cavite to meet the operational timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a post on its Facebook page, the DOTr said that the 24/7 construction of Sangley airport has already been ordered by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, as well as the hiring of additional manpower and the implementation of the extended working hours.
The additional equipment will also be infused beginning Thursday, June 13.
“Whatever it takes, we need to make sure that the directive of the President is delivered. Hire more manpower to work 24/7. Kailangan matapos ‘yan on or before the timeline set by President Duterte,” Tugade said in a statement.
The President earlier ordered the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley port in Cavite to reduce the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).
Duterte was also reported to be considering a revamp of airport officials following reports on flight delays and cancellations in NAIA last weekend.
The DOTr said that in compliance with the directive for the accelerated construction of the Sangley airport, a task force has been formed.
Its members include representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Philippine Air Force (PAF), the ferry system and the project contractor.
According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, critical developments in the project are well underway, including the construction of runway, apron, Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), its power supply, drainage system, and site development.
Lopez said that the DOTr will be working closely with CAAP on the project’s civil works aspect “so that the support facilities can be immediately incorporated for the airport to commence operations at the soonest time possible.”
A synchronization matrix will also be submitted as a guide for monitoring.
The agency added that an ocular was also held on the possible site of the ferry station. The project’s contractor was given two months to build the port, according to regulations of the Philippine Ports Authority, CAAP, PAF, and the Philippine Navy.
Tugade earlier mentioned the testing of ferries that can operate from Mall of Asia to Sangley within 18 to 24 minutes.
The DOTr said that the contractor is expected to submit a weekly report on the project’s progress.
A weekly site inspection will also be undertaken to closely monitor the construction progress.
The eight current and former lawmakers named by President Rodrigo Duterte to have been involved in the corruption in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have denied the said allegation.
Occidental Mindoro Representative Josephine Sato, in a statement, said her inclusion in the list is to out malign her credibility especially with the upcoming elections.
“The report made by Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica which impinges on my credentials as a public servant is clearly calculated to sow intrigues and disruption in the local politics of Occidental Mindoro,” she said.
Sato said Belgica is a known ally of her possible opponent in the 2022 elections.
Former Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr. said he is currently not facing any investigations involving corruption.
Baguilat reiterated that he will not go through the lengths of promoting Cordillera products had he been accepting kickbacks from the DPWH projects.
Misamis Occidental Representative Henry Oaminal also released a statement welcoming the investigations to be conducted on the issue to prove his innocence.
Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman also expressed her willingness to cooperate in any investigation to clear her name.
“I am open to any investigation to establish the truth on this matter and I am sure that my honor will be vindicated. My conscience is clear,” she said in a statement.
Quezon City 5th District Representative Alfred Vargas, meanwhile, has insisted that his 12 years in public service has been unblemished.
“I am ready to submit myself to an investigation by the proper authority. Mere allegations are not proof,” he said.
Quezon Province Representative Angelina Helen Tan, meanwhile, challenge the PACC to visit the project in Gumaca and not base their allegations on anonymous tips and reports.
Northern Samar Representative Paul Daza said there might be former DPWH contractors who might have put his name on the list especially after his office exposed alleged anomalies in the department’s projects.
“Records and history will show that it was my office who exposed former elected officials and contractors for abandoning projects. Because of my call for an investigation, I believe no less than six (6) of them have already been blacklisted by the DPWH recently,” he said.
ACT-CIS Partylist Representative Eric Yap reiterated he was not involved in any DPWH bidding in Benguet. He is also willing to resign if proven guilty of the allegations against him.
Once the session resumes at the House of Representatives, Yap said he will file a motion to investigate Belgica regarding alleged anomalies in the Duty-Free Philippines. -AAC (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
MANILA, Philippines — Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in countries with a travel ban from the government are exempted and will be allowed to enter the Philippines, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
In a press conference on Tuesday (December 29), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said President Rodrigo Duterte wants OFWs to be able to return to their families.
Bello said returning OFWs would need to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Some 60,000 to 100,000 OFWs are expected to return in the next two weeks, he added.
Duterte, on Monday (December 28), approved the imposition of travel ban on countries with confirmed reports of the new strain of COVID-19. The travel ban will take effect on December 30 at 12:01 a.m. until January 15. AAC
President Rodrigo Duterte has proposed the creation of a task force that would focus on the new variant of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
After the emergence of the new strain in the United Kingdom (UK) and several other countries, President Rodrigo Duterte called for an emergency meeting on Saturday (December 26).
“I would suggest that we create a panel whose job would be only to observe the different progression and the identification of the new strain,” he said.
Duterte reiterated the need to prepare through stricter border control, surveillance, and enhanced monitoring of cases in other countries. The national government already extended the (UK) travel ban until January 14.
The COVID-19 variant was also detected in Japan, Canada, Singapore, and Australia. AAC
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