Dalipe inks purchase of 20 lots for airport

Mayor John Dalipe signed last Friday the deed of sale of 20 out of 44 parcels of land appraised by the Land Bank for the new Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA) project in Barangay Mercedes, east of this city.

In signing the deed of sale on the occasion of his 38th birthday, Dalipe thanked his brother House Majority Floor Leader Mannix Dalipe for spearheading the realization of the airport project.

He also thanked the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod headed by Vice Mayor Josephine Pareja for their support by granting him the authority to sign the deed of sale for and on behalf of the city government of Zamboanga.

Recall, the young Dalipe led the installation of the ZIA pole/marker at the airport site last Sept.

Aside from the marker, Mayor Dalipe also unveiled the “No Build Zone” signage pursuant to RA 10752, otherwise known as “An Act Facilitating the Acquisition of Right-of-Way, Site or Location for National Government Infrastructure Projects,” or “The Right-of-Way Act.”

Per Zoning Ordinance 513, the area is designated as a Utility, Transportation, and Services (UTS) Zone dedicated to the proposed transfer of the new ZIA, hence any building structures built in the area starting Sept.1, 2022 will not be paid by the government anymore.

The new ZIA covers a total land area of 175 hectares traversing barangays Mercedes, Talabaan, Zambowood, about 17 kilometers away from the city proper. It would cost the government approximately P13.9 billion, and is expected to be a world-class infrastructure with state-of-the-art facilities, featuring a terminal building, six jet bridges, a control tower, taxiways and aprons, and a 3,440-meter runway to accommodate heavier aircraft. Installation of lighting and security equipment is also part of the plan. Once completed, the new airport is expected to accommodate eight million passengers a year. Subject for acquisition are 44 lots, the appraisal of which has already been completed, and 10 lots amounting to P152 million are pending for negotiation. Of the P200 million initial funding, only P180 million was downloaded to the city government during the previous administration for the land acquisition. The remaining P20 million will only be released once the P180 million shall been fully liquidated.-(Vic Larato)