Tacloban airport rehab won't be delayed - Abaya
MANILA, Philippines - Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya on Tuesday said the Tacloban Airport development project will push through, despite the realignment of a portion of its funds to the Disbursement Acceleration Program of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
The project involves the construction of a new passenger terminal building to meet the airport's requirements by 2016.
A news report indicated P718.752-million from the project's budgetary allocation have been re-aligned.
"The DOTC approved the realignment upon determining that it would not endanger the Tacloban Airport Development Project, and the President likewise approved the move after careful consideration of the Tacloban Airport's needs vis-a-vis the implementation of DAP to fast-track government spending. The DBM made the realignment once all the proper approvals were secured," he said.
Since the project is being implemented in phases, Abaya said the DOTC does not need the realigned amount this year.
The DOTC chief assured there will be no delays in the airport project. He noted the project’s ongoing airside civil works are expected to be completed ahead of schedule, or by February 2014.
The landside civil works will be based on a detailed engineering design, which will be bid out by the agency next year, according to schedule.
"Clearly, this was not an arbitrary move by the DBM, the DOTC, or the Aquino administration. Instead, it was part of the DAP’s larger purpose of accelerating government spending to boost the economy," he said.