Dalipe wants land buy for new airport pushed

Per instruction of Mayor John Dalipe, the concerned offices and personnel of the city government have been working aggressively on the land acquisition phase of the New Zamboanga International Airport project, given the P200 million initial funding for the land purchase.

For the fourth time since Dalipe assumed office more than three weeks ago, personnel from the concerned offices headed by the city planning convened anew Friday morning as they threshed out logistical issues and other requirements to complete the land acquisition process and survey activities at the proposed 175-hectare site in barangays Mercedes-Talabaan-Zambowood area, about 17 kilometers away from the city proper.

District II Congressman Mannix Dalipe initiated the inclusion of the initial P200M funding in the 2019 General Appropriations Act and another P800M in the 2020 GAA to set the project in motion.

The new airport project, which would cost the government around P13.9 billion, 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 initial 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. Part of the appropriation is P30 million for the acquisition of a resettlement area, where to relocate the informal settlers affected by the airport project-(Vic Larato)