CLARK FREEPORT -- Former Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president and now Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo believes moving more domestic and international flights to the Clark International Airport is critical to the decongestion of Metro Manila.
"More people, especially from Central and North Luzon, as well as other regions in the South, can avoid Metro Manila by taking their flights domestically or internationally in Clark," he said.
Remollo was CDC president from 2011 to 2012.
During the Bale-Balita forum of the Capampangan in Media Inc. (Cami) last Friday, Remollo said he was pushing for flights from Clark to Dumaguete.
"I'm looking at initially one flight a week or three, if possible," he said.
The proposed flights, he said, will boost tourism in Dumaguete, which is now popular as a retirement and recreation area.
Remollo said even without the railway system between Clark and Metro Manila, the diversion of more flights to Clark will hasten decongestion and improve the traffic situation in the metropolis.
He said the eventual transformation of Clark airport into the country's premier gateway appears inevitable.
"Even if that doesn't happen, more flights here instead of at NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) can substantially ease decongestion in Manila," he said.
Remollo said his city is preparing for the holding of several competition during the hosting of the Asian Games in the Philippines in 2019.
"We'll probably host the triathlon event," he said. (NCS)