Plans to construct another port in Siaton, Negros Oriental, fizzled out due to its depth and the accessibility problem for big vessels and fastcrafts in Tambobo Bay, in the town.
Mayor Albert Ator said Tambobo Bay, that is haven to hundreds of foreign yachts during typhoons, has shallow waters, and is not accessible for inter-island vessels.
Instead of a pier, Ator said the construction of a Tambobo Bay boulevard costing P18 million near the abandoned wharf, should be considered rather than a pier for passenger vessels, while the local government unit and the Philippine Ports Authority has to determine its legality in the area.
If the pier construction is not feasible, the mayor said he welcomes an ambitious plan to construct an alternate international airport in Bondo, Siaton, which is 40 to 45 kilometers from the provincial capital of Dumaguete City.
Mayor Ator and Gov. Roel Degamo said they are willing to meet with Felipe Antonio Remollo, the newly appointed president and chief executive officer of Clark Development Authority, to discuss the plan.
The mayor has instructed municipal engineers to undertake research and coordinate with the Department of Public Works and Highways for the paper work.
Degamo, however, said the huge budgetary requirements for the construction of the airport needs backing from the administration and the help offered Remollo is most welcomed.*JG
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