Magpale blamed on halted airport, road projects in Camotes

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Thursday, May 2, 2013


ONE Cebu gubernatorial candidate Rep. Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, third district) accused acting Gov. Agnes Magpale of stopping the construction of the airports in San Francisco, Camotes Island and Sta.Fe, Bantayan Island.

The two airports were included in the Provincial Government’s annual investment plan under the administration of suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, Pablo John’s sister. In 2012, Capitol reportedly allotted P25 million for each airport.

Pablo John said during the Tell It To Sun.Star forum yesterday that Magpale did not pay the contractors of projects so they pulled out.

Magpale, when sought for comment, told Sun.Star Cebu in a text message that she learned from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines that it had not approved plans for the airports.

Benefits

In October 2011, Governor Garcia discussed the development of the two airports with Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority.

In a separate interview, San Francisco Mayor Aly Arquillano said the airport will benefit his town and the entire Camotes Island group.

But he said the construction of the airport had stopped even before the governor’s suspension was enforced on Dec. 19, 2012.

On Dec. 2, 2012, Garcia was in Camotes reportedly to inspect the construction of the airport in North Poblacion, San Francisco, which will include a 1.2-kilometer runway, hangar and a passenger terminal.

The facility was supposed to be completed in the first half of this year.

Elections

The airport was seen to bring in more tourists and investments to Camotes.

Arquillano, a member of the Bakud party that is allied with the Liberal Party (LP), said that he believes the airport project will push through after the elections on May 13, regardless of who becomes governor.

Pablo John is running against LP’s Hilario Davide III, whose runningmate is Magpale.

The construction of the airport is supported by a bill filed by Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano VI (Cebu, fifth district).

Pablo John also accused Magpale of stopping the circumferential road project in Pilar, Camotes.

He said project contractors have started pouring concrete but Magpale ordered the work ceased. “I don't know why she stopped it.

She's from the fifth district,” he said.

Magpale said she wanted to continue the project but no one from the Provincial Board was willing to sponsor a resolution to ratify the contract of the contractors.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 02, 2013.

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