Think tank pushes Sangley as alternative airport for budget carriers
Public policy think-tank Infrawatch PH is pushing for the rehabilitation and development of the Danilo Atienza Airbase in Sangley, Cavite as an alternative airport for low-cost airlines and general aviation.
“What needs to be made of record is the unacceptable delay that many airport proponents are experiencing in the transport agency. The unsolicited Sangley proposal has been on the table since 2016,” said Terry Ridon, Infrawatch PH convenor and former urban poor chief.
Ridon also cited San Miguel Corp.’s Bulacan airport proposal, which has already been approved by the Investment Coordination Committee of the National Economic Development Authority but is still pending final approval.
He said the Sangley airport could have been used for diverted flights during the Xiamen Air incident had the Department of Transportation acted upon proposals to rehabilitate the Danilo Atienza Airbase.
The redevelopment of the Sangley airport could have been completed within 12 months at no cost to the government.
“As early as August 2016, the Sangley proposal was already made known to the new leadership in the transport agency. But until today, not a single hollow block has been built nor has the proposal even been rejected by transport authorities as required for unsolicited proposals,” he said.
Ridon said the DoTr’s failure to act on these proposals is tantamount to serious negligence.