PANGLAO, Bohol – The family of Alasagas has expressed disappointment over land acquisition for New Bohol airport project in this tourist town.In an interview with Bohol News Today, the Alasagas yesterday said that they’re confused over the pricing of their lots when the government started to acquire them. Erma Alasagas, 25, one of the siblings of Alasagas, said that the two separate lots they owned had different price tags. One was bought at PhP40 per square meter and the other at PhP60/sq.m. during the past administrations of the provincial government.
But they have no option but to give up their lots in the name of the airport project, Alasagas said, adding that others (lot owners) also suffered the same fate.Officials have announced that the crucial work for the project would start sometime next year after the bidding this year. But for then Mayor Doloreich Dumaluan, it’s wait and see attitude until he sees airplanes flying over this town.
Clearing and fencing of the project have already started. The new airport will have more than 200 hectares and longer runway which will allow in bigger jets to land. The airport will be able to cope with direct flights from the likes of Korea, China and elsewhere and thus have immigration facilities.
Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is said to have started search for a concessionaire “to develop at the same time operate and maintain six provincial airport,” including Pnagla airport.The other airports are “Bacolod-Silay international airport worth P20.26 billion, the Laguindingan airport, P14.62 billion; Puerto Princesa airport, P5.81 billion; and New Bohol (Panglao) airport, P4.57 billion. The DOTC said the 30-year concession contract would be awarded through a competitive bidding following the rules and procedures prescribed under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law,” the report said.