PANGLAO, Bohol.Very sentimental? and the New Bohol Airport project will soon take off during Gov. Edgat Chatto?s administration. This is how Rep. Rene L. Relampagos described the proposed PhP7.3 billion New Bohol Airport (NBA) during the turnover of keys to homeowners affected by the project at barangay Tawala in this town yesterday. There are 38 beneficiaries of the two-hectare resettlement site funded by the provincial government. Each received from Relampagos, Gov. Edgar Chatto their respective keys for their new found homes. The resettlement cost some PhP14 million, PhP7 million for site development
and another PhP7 million for housing units, Romeo Teruel, who works for project?s social preparations, said in an exclusive interview. Relampagos said that this time the project that took years of postponement and delays will soon be realized with the efforts of the governor who work hard and lobbied for its funding.
He remembered well and narrated how the airport was conceived. The idea of
having a new airport to replace the aging and ?dangerous? city airport
began during then Gov. Constancio C. Torralba. This was supposedly to
complement with the creation of Panglao Island Tourism Estate (PITE). PITE
then, as planned, had three phases of development, the hotel and resorts,
golf course, and airport.
If there were no oppositors at that time, the airport would have been
existed already, he said. So, the funds for the said project apparently
were ?transferred? to the development of Samal island, in Davao, Relampagos
There were already funds of about PhP3 billion sourced out from the Lucio
Tan?s obligations to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to start the
project. But later on, it was botched when after the bid of phase one did
not award since it was considered a ?midnight project? as the 2010 national
elections was approaching. The said fund was used in the construction of
terminal 3 of NAIA, instead, the congressman of first district said.
From the public-private partnership funding scheme, the project is now
funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through the
Official Development Assistance (ODA), Relampagos said. He said that the
project is expected to be completed for a period of about 30-36 months.
?We thanked P-Noy administration? for this project to be realized,
Relampagos said, adding that the project is expected to to create jobs and
livelihood to make Bohol stronger economically.
For his part, Chatto said that the resettlement is ?history.?
Provincial Engr. Gabino Redulla, Al Chris Construction, Mayor Nila Montero
who was represented by Panglao municipal administrator Noel Hormachuelos,
JICA?s consultant Ms. Yuki Todoroki, provincial administrator Alfonso
Damalerio II, board members Atty. Abeleon Damalerio, Dr. Cesar Tomas Lopez
and barangay officials attended the turnover ceremony.