NAIA’s transfer to Clark eyed by government, says DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas

Inquirer.net, quoting the statements made by Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II at a Senate hearing on Monday, reports that the government is "eyeing the transfer of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from Metro Manila to Clark, Pampanga."

Inquirer.net, quoting the statements made by Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)  Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II at a Senate hearing on Monday, reports that the government is "eyeing the transfer of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from Metro Manila to Clark, Pampanga."

 

Roxas said the 440-hectare NAIA, if privatized, would amount to $2.5 billion. However, he pointed out: "The key to the transfer is the high speed rail because without that, it really becomes very inconvenient."

 

According to the report, the issue was only brought up in the hearing when Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile asked for the latest updates on the government's North Rail project with China.

 

Roxas said that the government was able to convince the Chinese leaders to reconstruct the contract to correct its many "weaknesses, deficiency or flaws."

 

Thus, Enrile reiterated the possibility of transferring the international airport to Clark once the project becomes successful. "It will be beneficial to the country because it will link Central Luzon specially Clark with Metro Manila. We can transfer the international airport to Clark and leave the present international airport for further development," he said.

 

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