|IN PAMPANGA. Sen. Mary Grace Poe and Sen. Francis Escudero visit unopposed Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and the people of Pampanga and pushed for the full utilization of the Clark International Airport as gateway to the Philippines to decongest NAIA in Pasay City.
ANGELES CITY (via PhilAmPress) – If elected in the May polls, presidential aspirant Senator Mary Grace Poe Llamanzares and running mate Senator Francis Escudero will prioritize the full utilization of the Clark International Airport in the first 100 days of their administration.
The two senators, in a meeting with unopposed Pampanga Governor Lilia G. Pineda and other officials, stressed the move will decongest the already crowded Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City while at the same time boost the growth and development of Central Luzon and Northern Philippines.
After meeting with Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda, the two lawmakers told the media that the full utilization of the airport, currently named Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, will help not only local but national development, particularly in tourism sector.
”The full utilization of the Clark International Airport will help to open more job opportunities and it will also help tourism because it will encourage more international flights,” Poe said.
She said the full utilization of Clark airport will also provide easy access for more than five million overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Central to Northern Luzon.
Poe said the Clark airport will also reduce traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.
Escudero said the Poe-Escudero tandem will use the Clark airport as their main hub during the 90-day campaign period that will start on Feb. 9.
”Ultimately, we will use the Clark airport as hub in going to other parts of the country during our campaign so that we can go home in Quezon City early,” Escudero said.
Escudero said he will push to make Clark airport as the country’s secondary airport.
”The transfer of NAIA to Clark is transition and process. What we should do is not to transfer it immediately but use Clark as secondary airport of our country,” he said.
In the future, Escudero said the transfer of NAIA should be done to decongest Metro Manila.
To maximize the use of Clark airport, Poe said it is important to put up an effective railway system that will connect Subic and Clark to major cities, particularly Metro Manila.
Aside from meeting with the local leaders, Poe and Escudero held consultations with the senior citizens of Pampanga in Salilungan Complex Olongapo-Gapan Road, San Fernando City.
The two senators also graced the Student Conference on Information Technology Education at Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Sports and Cultural Center before attending the press conference at Fortune Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant here. (via PhilAmPress)