CAVITE CITY, Cavite, Feb. 17 (PIA) - President Rodrigo Duterte returned to Sangley Point after his visit last June 12, 2019 this time to lead the inauguration of the Sangley Airport Development Project (SADP).
This is one of the key projects of the Duterte Administration under the "Build Build Build Program" which aims to provide critical aviation infrastructure to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport's (NAIA) increasing air traffic congestion.
In his inaugural speech last Saturday, February 15, President Duterte stressed that, "through prudent spending under competent managers, the state can complete projects that are beneficial to the people."
He also indicated his stand for opposing any type of land reclamation by the private sector except for 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," the President said.
During the event, a two-minute video presentation of the Sangley Airport Development Project (SADP) was shown after which Gov. Jonvic Remulla briefed the President on the project expansion which the Department of Transportation commenced in October 2019.
The President duly commended the efforts of DoTr Secretary Arthur Tugade for expediting the completion of the airport facility with target date of completion in March 2020 but completed ahead of deadline due to 24/7 construction works.
On the other hand, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla presented to the President the provincial government's plan to develop the Sangley Point International Airport (SIA) under its Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to provide critical aviation infrastructure to help decongest NAIA and serve as a long-term international gateway for metro manila and the CALABARZON region
The facility is now 100-percent operational with a newly-constructed 750 sqm. Passenger Terminal Building that can accommodate 160 passengers, equipped with Flight Information Display Systems (FIDS), CCTV, X-ray and baggage handling and weigh-in conveyor to support its operations.
The Sangley Airport is currently being used for general aviation operations catering to turbo-prop aircraft for commercial cargo operations. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite)