There is a need to integrate security operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airports to make them seamless, according to Bacolod Rep. Evelio R Leonardia.
We should also look at the rest of the country’s airports to see if they also need the same streamlining, he added.
Leonardia, senior vice-chair of the Committee on Transportation, presides at the first hearing of the congressional inquiry into the NAIA shootings last December.*
Leonardia gave these observations after he presided at the first hearing of the congressional inquiry into the NAIA 3 shooting incident last December 20. The Bacolod solon presided the hearing as senior vice-chair of the Congressional Committee on Transportation.
The family whose four members were hit by stray bullets at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last Dec. 20, which resulted in the death of an 18-month-old boy, came home to a sad New Year.
Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia greets 3-year-old Dhianne Philippe Lirazan Uy at the Bacolod-Silay airport. She is one of the victims of stray bullets at the NAIA 3 shooting last month who arrived with her family last Tuesday.*
"It’s so painful to come home with a dead son in a wooden box," Marie Ann Lirazan, 29, said upon arrival at the Bacolod-Silay Airport on Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.
"We have no plans on how to celebrate the New Year. It’s so sad. We cannot stop the pain. How I wish we can suspend the New Year, but I guess we have no choice but to welcome it," Danny Uy, brother-in-law of Marie Ann, said in an interview at the airport.
Eight members of the Lirazan and the Uy families came home from Manila to Bacolod via Cebu Pacific, carrying the cadaver of Phille Thomas Estoesta, the 18-month-old baby who died instantly when a stray bullet pierced through his head.
They were met by their families and Bacolod Congressman Evelio Leonardia at the airport.
The Custom Immigration Quarantine (CIQ) System is ready for installation at the Bacolod-Silay Airport to accommodate international flights.
The problem, however is the availability of airline. The supposed flights of Hannah Tours for Korean tourists has deferred the schedule for December.
Zest Air is not available, while Cebu Pacific cannot agree with the price.
Atty. John N. Orola, Jr, chairman, Western Visayas Tourism Council, also said, "Supposedly, groups of Korean tourists, business-men and golfers are coming over as arranged by Hannah Tours through its representative Mr. Choy last year yet. They are yet to start De.r 19, and will run until February or even until summer.
Miss Earth candidates at the Bacolod-Silay Airport with Silay tourism office officers recently.*
Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez said the opening of the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road (BSAAR) last Friday will signal the creation of new growth areas that will further boost the economies of Bacolod, Talisay and Silay cities.
Progressive economic growth of the three cities is expected when prospective businessmen establish their trades along the BSAAR route, Benitez said.
Permanent or non-permanent structures are also expected to be constructed beyond the limits of the road right-of-way, thus creating more local job opportunities, he added.
Officials (l-r) Monico O. Puentevella, Councilor Carl Lopez, Cong. Albee Benitez, Mayor Jose "Oti" Montelibano, Mayor Eric Saratan and DPWH USEC Rafael C. Yabut.*
The Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road was inaugurated on Saturday, Nov. 16, with the following dignitaries present: Cong. Albee Benitez, Silay City Mayor Jose "Oti" Montelibano, Talisay Mayor Eric Saratan, Bacolod City Mayor Monico O. Puentevella, DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and Cong. Ebelio R. Leonardia. Also present was Chief Representative Tae ik Park of the Korean Export-Import Bank–Manila Office with members of his staff. Bacolod Councilor Carl Lopez also attended the ceremonies.*
Mayor Eric Saratan (Talisay City) Mayor Jose Montelibano (Silay City) and Mayor Monico Puentevella (Bacolod City) jointly cuts the ceremonial ribbon during the opening and blessing of the (Bacolod Silay Airport Access Road) BSAAR last November 15.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
A police officer was hurt when his vehicle bumped against a lamp post early morning Thursday at Hacienda Puyas, Brgy. IV in Silay City.
With the push of Congressman Evelio Leonardia and the support of the private sector, we are optimistic the Bacolod-Silay airport will be ready for direct charter flights from Korea by Christmas, Bureau of Immigration Office in Charge Siegfred B Mison told a meeting with Korean nationals Saturday in Bacolod.
Mison was in town as the BID starts preparation to set up immigration component of the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine system at the airport so it can start receiving international flights.
Even if we start with a manual system in December, immigration will be there to process the incoming foreigners, Mison told John Orola, tourism consultant in the congressional office of Leonardia who received the BID team during the weekend. Mison also met with Indian and Chinese communities to announce the local office can now process working visas.
The Bureau of Immigration is sending a team to Bacolod to begin preparations for the installation of the immigration component of the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine system at the Bacolod Silay International airport so it can start receiving international flights, Rep. Evelio Leonadia announced last Friday September 27.
IMMIGRATION (BID) OIC Siegfred Mison, left, tells Rep. Bing Leonardia he is sending a team to start preparations on the "I" or immigration component of the CIQ system that will allow the Bacolod Silay airport to receive direct international fights.*
BID Officer-in-Charge Siegfred B. Mison this week said he is ready to send the team according to Leonardia who added that he has volunteered his congressional staff to help in the groundwork to fasstrack things. Leonardia met with Mison again this week.
Assistant Regional Director Raul Anlocotan explained in an interview yesterday that the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) can formulate development plans for infrastructure that can lead to reduction of production cost necessary to compete with Asian neighbors come 2015 ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) or the so-called "Regional Integration".
NEDA, he said, is not an implementing agency that can cause the modernization of facilities and equipment to produce sugar or reduce its cost of production which is best left to business organizations; NEDA however can endorse infrastructure projects to access Official Development Assistance (ODA) funding.
In the case of the sugar industry, Anlocotan referred to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) as the two agencies tasked to formulate implementing plans towards mitigating the impact of the forthcoming 2015 zero tariffication.