[ Philippine ] DOTr currently prioritizing development of Kalibo International Airport
03 January 2018
KALIBO, Aklan—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is currently prioritizing the development of the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) as a major gateway to Boracay Island.
Provincial administrator Selwyn Ibaretta, vice chairman of the Provincial Site Acquisition Committee, said hundreds of affected landowners attended the weeklong, multisectoral consultations. The dialogue started November 13 and ended on November 17.
On November 13 several tenants reported being harassed after they were not allowed to join the consultation held at the Aklan Trade Hall of the Capitol.
Ibaretta said only those who received invitation letters were allowed to attend the hearing.
The hearing was meant for the DoTr to explain to the landowners the mechanics for the payment of the acquisition activities.
Affected land owners in the acquisition includes the villages of Nalook, Tigayon, Estancia in Kalibo and Puis, New Washington.
The development includes the construction of a new apron and terminal at the airport.
The KIA is currently serving domestic destinations to Manila, Cebu, Clark and Davao.
The KIA also serves as an international gateway to Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Busan and to 11 provinces in China, including Beijing.
On December 22 this year, Air Seoul will be the first South Korean airline to fly to KIA from Incheon Airport.
The KIA also earned star ratings for On Time Performance for the 2016-2017 Official Aviation Guide, While the DOTr has prioritizing the KIA’s development, the Presidential Management Staff, recently reminded the former “to be just in all their actions.”
Margarita Yu, assistant secretary for the Office of the Special Assistant of the PMS, said they received complaints coming from the farmers’ association that the DOTr is yet to pay previous claims from the farmers.
“The farmers allege that P965,400 has not yet been fully paid yet to the affected heirs. Moreover, as we always adhere to the principle ‘no one shall be unjustly enriched at the expense of another,’ may we, likewise, respectfully request your good office to make the necessary payment to the owner of the property whose lot was appropriated by the government,” Yu told the DOTr.
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