THE provincial government of Davao Oriental hopes that the issues involving the private properties in Mati Airport will be resolved to allow the airport to commence operations.
During a previous Kapehan sa Dabaw press conference, Mati City promotions and investments officer Tanya Rabat-Tan said discussions on the renovations, repairs, and structure updates of the old airport in Mati City had already started in connection to its planned revival. Rabat-Tan said they are targeting to start operations within the year.
Currently, there are two families that have properties occupied by the airport. The land where the terminal and the apron are located is owned by the Rabats while the 1,628.85-meter runway is located in a property owned by the Rocamoras.
“It’s not really a problem but the ownership remains to the Rocamoras and the Rabats. Both the families are willing and they want the airport to be pushed through already because it’s good for Mati,” Rabat-Tan said.
Earlier, in a Kapehan sa PIA press conference held last week, Chief of Staff of the Provincial Government of Davao Oriental Ednar Dayanghirang said the airports are crucial for development and they hope that issues involving land property ownership in the old Mati Airport will be solved so operation can commence.
“We are hoping that everything about the planned airport will be solved also and it involves the properties of their families. So we’re hoping it will really be resolved. So it can already be opened. Airports are really essential for development,” he said.