New Bicol International Airport part of Duterte Legacy says Go as he highlights PH’s Golden Age of Infrastructure

New Bicol International Airport part of Duterte Legacy says Go as he highlights PH’s Golden Age of Infrastructure

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go joined President
Rodrigo Duterte together with Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur
Tugade, and other officials, attended the inauguration of the Bicol
International Airport (BIA) in Daraga town, Albay province recently.

The BIA, considered the first international airport in Luzon south of
the National Capital Region, is expected to boost tourism and economic
development in the Bicol Region.

“Kahit sa gitna ng pandemya, nananatiling nagsusumikap ang ating
pamahalaan para ipagpatuloy ang mga mahahalagang proyekto sa ating
komunidad,” said Go.

“Ito ay patunay ng malasakit at dedikasyon ng Duterte Administration
sa paglilingkod sa buong taumbayan. Sisiguraduhin nating walang
maiiwan sa ating pagbangon mula sa krisis,” he added.

The airport includes a 2,500-meter runway with take-off capabilities
and night landing, as well as cargo and passenger terminal and an air
traffic control tower, fire station, parking lot, and amenities.

According to the Department of Transportation, the BIA, dubbed as the
“most scenic gateway”, generated 755 jobs during its construction and
is set to create 1,100 more indirect jobs once operations commence.

In the country’s so-called Golden Age of Infrastructure, Go told
Filipinos that no region will be left behind, saying “Hindi po natin
nakakalimutan isama ang Bicol Region sa Golden Age of Infrastructure
ng ating bansa.”

“Tiyak po ako na ang bagong pasilidad na ito ay makakatulong sa
paglago sa Bicol, lalo na sa sektor ng turismo habang dahan-dahan
nating binubuksan ang ating ekonomiya,” he added.

Meanwhile, Go also reassured the public that he will continue to
pursue the completion and expansion of infrastructure development
initiatives to achieve a more equitable economic development across
the country.

Go has been vocal in his support for the country’s infrastructure
development. He said that the construction of new airports will bring
in jobs and economic opportunities outside Metro Manila and will
provide livelihood to Filipinos, especially those who were left
jobless due to the pandemic.

As Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Go has strongly
supported the funding of numerous infrastructure initiatives
nationwide.

“Walang humpay ang ating paglilingkod. Pinag-aaralan natin ang lahat
ng posibleng paraan na maaaring makapagpabilis sa daloy ng serbisyo at
makatulong sa ating mga kababayan. Para naman sa amin ni Pangulong
Rodrigo Duterte, basta kapakanan ng mga Pilipino, ipaglalaban namin
‘yan hanggang sa huli,” Go said.

Earlier, Go attended the opening of the first 18-kilometer section of
the Central Luzon Link Expressway project with Duterte on July 15 in
Tarlac City. The newly opened highway is intended to reduce the usual
journey time between Cabanatuan City and Tarlac City from 70 minutes
to just 20 minutes once it is fully operational. It will also be
toll-free.

Go also attended the inauguration of the Cavite – Laguna Expressway
Silang East Interchange section on August 24 and the Bonifacio Global
City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project in Taguig City on September 30.

As a vice-presidential candidate in the upcoming elections, he vowed
to ensure that the positive change initiated by President Duterte will
be continued in order to provide a more comfortable life for all
Filipinos.

“Ipagpapatuloy ko ang mga magagandang programa tulad ng libreng
edukasyon, libreng pagpapagamot tulad ng serbisyo mula sa Malasakit
Centers, Build Build Build Projects, at marami pang iba tungo sa ating
hangarin na mabigyan ng mas maginhawa at komportableng buhay ang mga
Pilipino,” Go said earlier. (ai/mtvn)

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