The Duterte administration has set aside P10.1 billion under the proposed P3.767-trillion General Appropriations Act for 2018 to modernize the country’s aviation infrastructure.
Deputy Minority Leader and Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. said that of the total funding, Clark International Airport got the biggest chunk (P2.74 billion).
“Clark is getting P2.74 billion to enable it to cope with more flights, especially at night,” he said in a statement.
“The target is to have Clark’s two 3,200-meter long runways operating at night, and eventually extend both runways, possibly to 5,000 meters, to accommodate bigger aircraft,” Campos said.
He noted that as of now, only the primary airstrip at Clark is capable of day and night operations.
The secondary airstrip still lacks the navigational aids and lighting facilities to service evening flights, he lamented.
Based on the records of state-run Clark International Airport Corp, Clark handled a daily average of 20 international flights (3,078 passengers) plus 12 domestic flights (1,058 passengers) from January to July this year.
Campos said the other airports that would be given funds for upgrade are: Kalibo Airport, (P920 million), Bicol International Airport (P899.68 million), Tacloban Airport (P716.12 million), Bukidnon Airport (P425 million), Bohol (Panglao) International Airport (P386 million), Laoag International Airport (P368.50 million), Cauayan Airport (P306.40 million), Dumaguete Airport (P300 million), Calbayog Airport (P245 million), Zamboanga Airport (P221) million;
San Jose Airport (Camarines Sur) (200 million) million, Surigao Airport (P200 million), Ozamiz Airport (P192.20 million), Butuan Airport (P184 million), Dipolog Airport (P182 million), Roxas Airport (P169 million), Cotabato Airport (P161 million), Basco Airport (P145.00 million), Ormoc Airport (P128 million), Maasin Airport (P122 million), Antique Airport, P110 million), Sanga-Sanga Airport, P100 million), Pagadian Airport, (P84.20 million), Tuguegarao Airport (P61.80 million), San Vicente Airport (P50 million) and Virac Airport (P50 million).
Campos also disclosed that a combined P262.61 million, or an average of P20.20 million each would be given to 13 other smaller airports across the country for infrastructure upgrades.