Senator backs CRK twinning with NAIA

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Friday, June 27, 2014

CLARK FREEPORT -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano supports the concept of a dual airport system involving Clark International Airport (CRK) and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In a speech at the 44th general membership meeting of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) at Widus Hotel here Thursday, Cayetano urged businessmen and other stakeholders in the province to push for a clear plan for the Clark airport under the current administration.

He said that other countries like Japan have dual airport systems.


The senator said other new proposals for a new international airport to be built near Metro Manila, like the one proposed by business tycoon Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corporation in Cavite, will not negate the efforts for Clark.

But Cayetano said the present administration must have a definite plan for the Clark airport.

"This administration is now into its fourth year and there's no clear plan for the development of the Clark airport," Cayetano, who is among the prospective candidates for the 2016 presidential elections, said.

Cayetano half-jestingly likened the Clark situation to a long courtship with no positive result yet.

"Either the answer is 'yes' or you have to move on," Cayetano said with a broad grin, drawing laughter from the audience.

Cayetano also suggested the creation of a new capital region for the country, either in Central Luzon or the Calabarzon area to help decongest Metro Manila.

“We can even have two national capital regions and might be the first country in the world to do that,” he said.

Cayetano said the NCR-centric policy of the government is to blame for the backward state and slow development of other regions, citing that the NCR has always received the lion's share of government resources.

“There must be one national vision for the country but different strategies for the 17 regions, “ he said, emphasizing that the one-size-fits-all formula doesn't work.

Cayetano commended PamCham for its countryside development efforts and advocacy for inclusive growth and decongestion of Metro Manila.

Cayetano said the country needs consistent policies to draw more foreign investments into the economy. (NCS)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 28, 2014.

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