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Post-NAIA inspection: Romualdez calls for higher budget to upgrade PH airports

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Incoming Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez has appealed for multi-partisan congressional support in securing additional funding for the rehabilitation and upgrade of all vital airports in the country.

Romualdez statement came following the President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction to ease congestion at the country’s primary gateway the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

“Iappeal to my fellow legislators to cross partylines and help government address the problem at the NAIA,” he said.

Romualdez said he and the President personally saw the chaos at the NAIA Terminal 2, adding that the chief executive “was not pleased that passengers had to endure congestion due to flight delays and cancellations.”

The returning Leyte solon on Monday joined Duterte’s surprise inspection at NAIA, along with Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal and other top-ranking transport officials.

He explained that the President apologized to the passengers affected by the flight delays.

“The President’s gesture was warmly received by the passengers, who clapped their hands their unison in recognition of the Chief Executive’s humility,” he said.

Romualdez one of the contenders for the House leadership next month, stressed that Congress must act fast to seek funding for the rehabilitation and upgrades of our airports.

“If necessary, we may have to double that amount in the 2019 national budget. This requires a multi-partisan support from both the Senate and the House of Representatives,” said Romualdez.