20 Jan,MANILA- The Philippines will improve at least eight airports across the country this year to boost mobility and connectivity, Philippine Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman said Thursday.
The Department of Budget and Management has already set aside the funding for the eight airport projects in the 2023 budget approved by Philippine President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, she said.
The airports with budget allocations for repairs are the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in the Philippine capital, two airports in the northern Philippines, two in the central Philippines, and three in the southern Philippines.
“This budgetary allocation seeks to support the construction, rehabilitation, and improvement of the country’s transportation infrastructure, particularly in the aviation sector,” Pangandaman said in a statement.
Chaos erupted in the Philippines on January 1 after a computer glitch paralyzed the air traffic control at the country’s largest airport, NAIA, affecting 282 international and domestic flights and around 60,000 travelers.
She said the government will continue to beef up infrastructure development to achieve the Marcos administration’s goal of economic transformation.
Marcos said he sees “better days ahead” in the country’s public transportation system as he vowed to sustain the implementation of big-ticket infrastructure projects.
“Having an effective and efficient transportation system will have multiplier effects on employment, the economy, and our society; it will also bring comfort, convenience, and an easier life for all,” he said. Xinhua