Following Bongbong Marcos' Sona, DOTr to prioritize upgrading airports | Inquirer News

Following Bongbong Marcos’ Sona, DOTr to prioritize upgrading airports

/ 12:20 PM July 26, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Tuesday said it will prioritize the enhancement of various airports in line with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s marching order during his first State of the Nation (Sona).

In a statement, the DOTr said Transport Secretary Jaime Bautista “felt challenged” by the President’s order to modernize the country’s transport facilities, including upgrading local airports.

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Bautista vowed to elevate these airports to global standards.

“We will build upon the dozens of aviation-related projects completed in the past administration and identify areas for the technical upgrade to allow them to enhance their operational capabilities,” Bautista said.

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“The President’s order to the DOTr is clear — it’s full speed ahead for our transport projects,” he added.

During his first Sona on Monday, Marcos ordered DOTr to improve and modernize existing airports to boost tourism and decongest the bottleneck in the Manila airport.

With his “deep familiarity with the aviation industry,” having been the previous chief operating officer and the president of the Philippine Airlines, Bautista vowed that he “will build upon aviation-related projects completed by the past administration and identify areas suitable for operational enhancements.”

Bautista vowed to transform and elevate the country’s transportation system into a global standard, ensuring that the Department will provide ‘accessible, affordable, comfortable, and safe’ transport service through the country system. Andy Hoo, INQUIRER.net trainee

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