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NAIA, the perpetual source of national embarrassment, to be turned into a park soon?

Cavite gov wants NAIA turned into national park once Sangley Airport fully operational
Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla has proposed to MalacaƱang that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) be "closed down" and converted into a national park once the Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) is fully operational.

"We showed what could be done to the president and he was ecstatic over the idea. Secretary Dominguez [was] ecstatic over the idea," Remulla said at the weekly Kapihan sa Manila Bay news forum.

"But then again they said it's up to the next president who will inherit MalacaƱang to take cognizance of the project," he said.

The provincial government envisions a national park in NAIA's place that will "cover all 750 hectares" and serve as "the lungs of Metro Manila," Remulla said.

It would also relieve congestion in the area, he said.

He said his "most ambitious" proposal—the sixth part of a larger development plan —could be realized in "six to eight years." He said it is not part of the national agenda.

The development of Sangley Airport is a joint venture between the Cavite government and the private sector, in which the private partner will build the airport and facilities and the government will reclaim and lease land to the winning bidder.

Last week, Cavite awarded the contract for Phase 1 of the international gateway to the consortium of Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corporation and China Communications Construction Co. Ltd.

The project’s first phase involves the construction of a runway, connector road and bridge to the Kawit segment of CAVITEx. Cavite eyes partial operations in 2022 and full operations in 2023.

The succeeding phases will include the construction of two and then four runways that will have the annual capacity for 75 million and 130 million passengers, respectively.

President Rodrigo Duterte led the inauguration of the newly constructed Sangley Airport last Saturday. Its development was one of the key initiatives in his administration's infrastructure program.

Remulla said that the SPIA is expected to create 50,000 jobs. — BM, GMA News

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