By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go joined President
Rodrigo Roa Duterte and other government officials in General Santos
City on Monday, November 22, to inspect the newly completed General
Santos City Airport (GSIA) and seaport developments in Port Makar.
The said projects are part of the government’s Build Build Build program.
New navigational aids and the new Civil Aviation Authority of the
Philippines Administration Building is among the developments made in
the GSIA. The Passenger Terminal Building has also been tripled in
size to 12,240 square meters from 4,029.
This major upgrade will allow the airport to handle at least two
million people per year, nearly doubling its pre-pandemic annual
passenger capacity of 1.05 million.
The gateway can also now accommodate larger aircraft following its
renovation and expansion. Furthermore, 380 employees were employed
throughout the airport’s construction phase, with more jobs to be
created in future developments.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Ports Authority built a new Port Operations
Building and other support facilities in Port Makar, including parking
spaces, a covered court, a port manager’s quarters or Day Care Center,
and drainage system.
The PPA is also pushing for passenger ferry services to be restored at
the port. Due to a lack of customers, local passenger ferry services
were suspended in 2008.
The port is also being examined for a projected international maritime
route in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East ASEAN
Growth Area, according to the PPA.
These recently completed infrastructure projects in General Santos
City are expected to strengthen the city’s position as an
agri-industrial and ecotourism hub.
Go stressed the significance of sustaining the Duterte
Administration’s programs and projects, such as the Build Build Build
Program. He noted that as an archipelago, the country needs
interconnectivity through infrastructure projects such as airports,
seaports, roads and bridges.
“Hindi ko po hahayaan na masayang ang nasimulang magagandang proyekto
na nakapagpaangat ng pamumuhay ng sambayanan. The Duterte
Administration has already mapped out concrete plans to sustain our
nation’s gains amidst unprecedented challenges. All we have to do is
to continue to enforce, implement, and improve these programs all for
the welfare of our Filipino people,” said Go.
He also emphasized the need for the cooperation of the private sector
in the said initiative.
“I agree that the Build, Build, Build program is a banner achievement
of the Duterte Administration and I also believe that we can use the
Build, Build, Build program to fuel our economic recovery,” said Go.
“We are an archipelago. We need connectivity. This is the reason why
we have inaugurated many airports, seaports, roads and bridges under
the Duterte Administration so we can reach the farthest places in the
country,” he added.
Go is running for the presidency with continuity of numerous
achievements of the present administration, dubbed as Duterte Legacy,
as part of his major advocacies. Many pundits agree that the
administration’s Build, Build, Build Program brought about the Golden
Age of Philippine Infrastructure.
On the same day, Go also conducted a monitoring visit of the Malasakit
Center at the Dr. Jorge Royeca Hospital in General Santos City. He
also personally distributed assistance to solo parents at the Oval
Plaza Gym in the city.
“I vow to continue the good programs that benefited the Filipino
people over the past six years. Tuloy ang serbisyo, tuloy ang
malasakit, tuloy ang tunay na pagbabago,” stressed Go. (ai/mtvn)