Home>News>Nation>DOTr Sec. Bautista bares plans to have nine regional airports privatized

DOTr Sec. Bautista bares plans to have nine regional airports privatized

Jaime Bautista
DOTr Sec. Jaime Bautista during an interview with airport in-house media regarding planned privatization of regional airports. (JERRY S. TAN)

Department of Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista announced plans to privatize at least nine regional airports in an effort to provide air travelers a more convenient and enjoyable experience.

In an interview with the Airport Press Club (APC), Bautista said that the plan to work out private partnerships is aimed at making the operation in the said airports more efficient.

Among the regional airports being eyed for privatization are those in Bohol, Laguindingan, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa, Kalibo, Bacolod and Siargao.

“Pinag-aaralan nating ibahagi sa private sectors ang pagpapatakbo ng ilang regional airport. We will try to do a PPP (public-private partnership) with the private sector and with the new IRR (implementing rules and regulations in PPP laws, hopefully eh maging attractive na sa private sector,” said Bautista.

According to Bautista, the DOTr is now in the process of talking to certain groups who have expressed interest and willingness to study the feasibility of joining the government in running the said airports.

Bautista said the move will also address the lack of sufficient funds on the part of government to shoulder the gargantuan expenses of sustaining efficient operations of the regional airports across the country.

The Secretary said that with the private sectors coming in, the funding will no longer be a problem on the part of the government.

When this happens, Bautista said beautification and upgrading of the airports will be dependent on the budget of the private groups who will be handling the said regional hubs.

Meanwhile, Bautista said that the priority among regional airports is the Tacloban airport which was destroyed by typhoon in January.

He said that the Phase 1 of the reconstruction is nearing completion while the second phase is to start soon.

Itchie G. Cabayan
DIRECT HIT entertains comments, suggestions or complaints. Please have them emailed to [email protected] or text 0917-3132168.