“Lots provided for landowners who were the former title-holders of the proposed site for the New Bohol Airport are definitely, absolutely and unconditionally not for sale.”
This was the categorical statement issued by Panglao Mayor Benedicto Alcala.
The mayor reacted on the headline cited on a local newspaper warning of “unrest” claiming that the Provincial Government of Bohol (PGBh), through Gov. Edgar M. Chatto, Chairman of the Local Project Management Team (LPMT) for the New Bohol Airport Development Project (NBADP), “wants to sell land inside the airport site.”
Nasty tales coming out from the opposite side of the fence who, since Day 1 of the Chatto-Lim Administration, has vowed to destroy the incumbent administration by intentionally creating and fabricating malicious tales, some of which are even already preposterous and absurd, are now being heard over the airwaves and read about in local and even national newspapers.
“This is what I’ve already told you about months ago” Chatto reminded the local media during April 27’s “KITA UG ANG GOBERNADOR.” “And now, they are already starting to hurl mud at me, everything and anything they can think of, just to ruin my name and reputation,” Chatto sighed sadly.
Gov. Chatto however added that the day would come when he would “answer” to once and for all erase doubts and refute malicious allegations of detractors bent on putting down the current administration by intentionally weaving a loom of dark and black propaganda to put incumbent provincial officials in a very bad light.
“There’s no worry,” the governor continued. “I know when to talk and what to talk about and when to respond to malicious accusations. And when that time comes, the people would know who is telling tales and who is telling the truth,” Chatto said. “And, there would be no turning back,” Chatto said with conviction.
The continuing malicious talk that is currently circulating, telling Boholanos that the lots for the relocation site for the previous landowners of the New Bohol Airport are for sale, has now come to the point of mediocrity.
The relocation site, a subdivision plan, as has already been repeatedly reported, is a requirement cited by the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB) for the New Bohol Airport to be realized.
This was the output of the meeting among the officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the LPMT and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) group, according to Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II.
Citing of the requirement was forwarded to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) for approval; but consequently, another resolution was recommended by the latter, which should come from the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Panglao.
Resolution No. 2 Series of 2012 clearly states that “”after a comprehensive deliberation on this matter, the Local Management Team of the NBADP, en masse, approved to request the Sangguniang Bayan of Panglao, Bohol for the approval of all proposed subdivision plans of lots identified for the New Bohol Airport Development Project.”
Prior to writing a letter to Panglao Vice-Mayor Evangeline Lazaro explaining the rationale for the needed resolution from the SB, PA Damalerio sought support from Mayor Benedicto Alcala, which the latter readily gave.
Noting the very strong clamor from the province’s tourism sector, players and local and international communities for the need for a new airport with modern facilities, wider and high-tech terminals and amenities, and the acknowledged fact that the New Bohol Airport would be a big contribution to the tourism growth of Bohol, SB Panglao promptly approved the needed resolution being asked for as a requirement.
Showing his strong support for the NBADP, Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III has already approved its construction, as stated by Guillermo L. Leonardo, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Asst. Secretary for Project Management of the DOTC, in his letter to Gov. Chatto dated April 27 this year.
The letter further stated that the PGBh has now the authority to activate the LPMT “to secure and to make the necessary clearing operation of all acquired lots intended for the project.”