Stakeholders expressed their full support for the immediate construction of the new Manila International Airport in Barangay Taliptip, Bulakan, Bulacan, emphasizing that the game-changing project to be built by San Miguel Corporation, will further unlock the economic potential of Bulacan province, provide jobs to millions of Filipinos, and help the country recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bulacan governor Daniel Fernando, Bulakan town mayor Vergel Meneses, and officials and residents of Barangay Taliptip and Barangay Bambang voiced their support for the P740 billion project during the public hearing, conducted by Environment Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) yesterday.
The local officials and residents said they were formally consulted and have carefully weighed the proposed airport’s benefits for the province and its residents, including measures to mitigate perennial flooding in the province.
“Ang proyektong ito ay maghahatid ng ibayong kaunlaran at mataas na antas ng pamumuhay, “said Gov. Fernando, adding that the province is poised to become a global destination for tourism with the construction of the airport.
Mayor Meneses, for his part, said that the town of Bulacan is lucky to have a strategic location that is fit for a modern airport that will address congestion problems that have affected many air travelers at the country’s current gateways.
“Ang proyekto po ay sinusuportahan ko, ng Sangguniang Bayan at Bayan ng Bulakan. Amin pong ninanais na masimulan na ang proyekto sa lalong madaling panahon, dahil batid naming ang maraming oportunidad na bubuksan nito sa aming bayan,” Meneses said.
He highlighted that Bulakan took into careful consideration the economic development, job opportunities, and new businesses that the airport project will bring. The town’s council issued a formal decision to support the undertaking on October 27 last year.
Barangay captains Michael Ramos and Jesus Cruz of Taliptip and Bambang, respectively, pointed out the timeliness of the project, citing that many of their residents are experiencing poverty due to the Covid-19 pandemic