27 September 2015

Palace: DND talking to DBM on Subic airfield renovation plan

Malacañang on Sunday assured that the government is working to finish the improvement of the Subic Bay airfield.

"May regular na ugnayan ang Department of National Defense sa Department of Budget and Management upang masiguro na matapos sa takdang panahon ang pagpapahusay ng paliparan sa Subic," Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said over state-run radio dzRB.

He added that the government knows that the airfield is a valuable asset.

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority chairman Roberto Garcia said the government should rush the renovation of the airfield.

Garcia said that by December, two of the 12 FA50 fighters purchased from South Korea will arrive.

He said the remaining jets will arrive next year.

The Philippine Air Force was has been allocated about 10 percent of the 200-hectare airport facilities to house 12 jets.

Garcia also expressed concern about the upcoming elections in May, citing the pre-election ban on military spending that may start March next year.

"That is my concern, if the military does not get funding for the repairs, the air and naval bases may be delayed," Garcia said.

A Reuters report said that according to an air force general, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press, the government had yet to respond to a request for 100 million pesos ($2.14 million) to refurbish Subic's airfield. (ALG, GMA News)