Thursday, May 10, 2012

Roxas resign! DOTC chief hit for ‘abject failure’ at NAIA, CIA

By Punto I-team (

ANGELES CITY – A Central Luzon-based advocacy group has called for the resignation of Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, who was chided for his alleged “abject failure” to deal with problems facing major airports in the country.

Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) Chair Ruperto Cruz called for Roxas’s resignation after the DOTC chief announced in various media reports that the government may force airlines to reduce their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to ease congestion that has caused delays in air travel.

“You don’t need a rocket scientist to see the solution to these problems,” Cruz said. The PGKM chair stressed that Clark is the obvious solution to the compounded issues hounding NAIA “but it is obvious that Roxas is utterly blind to Clark and its airport facilities.”

Media reports quoted Roxas as saying the government is still convincing airline executives to “cut their flights voluntarily, before we bring the heavy hand of government down on them…If they don’t do it voluntarily, government will force them to stop excess flights.”

“If that is the case,” Cruz noted “then the DOTC is the one to be blamed for the deliberate sabotage of the economy and death of the country’s tourism industry.”

Cruz pointed out that Roxas proposal to reduce flights ran against the “express goal of the government, as articulated by the Department of Tourism to bring in as much as 10 million tourists by 2016.”

“What leader is this who would rather prefer the stunted growth or worse, even kill the country’s economy and tourism industry than develop the Clark International Airport, which is the best alternative to the now-congested NAIA,” asked Cruz of Roxas.

“If Mr. Roxas cannot find a solution to a simple problem, then what more can we expect from him at the helm of the transportation department,” Cruz said.

“If he is not fit to run the DOTC then he is, likewise, unqualified to run as senator moreso as president of the Philippines,” he added, referring to rumors that Roxas is eyeing either a seat in the Senate or the presidency in the 2016 polls.

Cruz said that the PGKM “refuses to believe rumors that Roxas is priming up for his bid for either the presidency or even the senate but his inconsistent statements tells us otherwise.”

He added: “He is even being criticized for seemingly serving the interests of influential personalities in Imperial Manila to pursue his political ambitions.”

More inconsistencies

Earlier, Roxas announced that the government will develop the international airport inside the Clark Freeport.

However, media reports quoted Roxas last week saying that the development of Clark will still face further delays since the government has yet to thresh out “anomalies” in the deal between the administration of former Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Chinese engineers on the NorthRail Project.

But Cruz criticized Roxas for using the NorthRail issue as an excuse to backtrack from his previous pronouncements. The PGKM chair reiterated his support to the railway project and airport development bid proposed by businessman Manny Pangilinan.

“Manny Pangilinan’s proposal is by far the best solution to NAIA’s problems and yet Secretary Roxas refuses to acknowledge this,” said Cruz.

Good money down the drain

“It seems there really is an effort to quash any bid that could develop Clark as an international gateway to the world. All these inconsistent statements of Mr. Roxas only add more fuel to suspicions of a conspiracy to seal the fate of the Clark airport.”

Cruz noted that the government will only pour “good money down the drain” if it pursues its bid to develop NAIA instead of the international airport at Clark.

“For one, there’s no way  for any expansion of NAIA’ single runway, with the whole  600 hectares already constricted, bounded as it is by the South Luzon Expressway and the housing areas like the Multi-national Village,” Cruz said.

“Then, there is Metro Manila is in clear and present danger of the worst effects of global warming? Floodings, as they are now, have many times paralyzed all traffic in the metropolis, catching NAIA in a gridlock.”

“On the other side, there is Clark with its 2,500-hectare aviation area, some 70 degrees above sea level. But Roxas refuses to see this. So, what interest is he in pursuit of? Definitely not the people’s,” Cruz charged.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CDC to remit dividends to BCDA

CLARK FREEPORT – The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is set to remit more than P300 million worth of dividends to its mother company, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), state-owned officials said.

CDC Chair and officer-in-charge Eduardo Oban, Jr. said the state-run corporation is now capable of paying its 2009 to 2011 remittances to the BCDA after the CDC management decided to forego construction work of the proposed CDC Corporate building, which aims to consolidate all CDC offices and Moral and Welfare Recreational (MWR) facilities.

“In fact, we have requested the BCDA to extend the deadline for our remittances since we are expecting more capital expenditures in the future. But since we will forego construction work of the proposed CDC corporate headquarters, we can now use the funds to pay our obligations to our mother company,” Oban said.

CDC Public Relations Department Manager Angelo C. Lopez, Jr. said that in February 2012, the CDC has turned-over dividends amounting to P100 million to the Bureau of Treasury (BTr) of the Department of Finance.

The remittance of dividends is in compliance with Republic Act 7656, which requires government-owned or controlled corporation to declare dividends under certain conditions to the national government and for other purposes.

The law requires state-owned firms to declare and remit at least 50 percent of their annual net income to the national treasury. In January 27, 2012, the CDC Board approved the remittance of 50 percent of the expected P200-million profit made in 2011.

“One of the ways the CDC strives to help the administration of President Benigno C. Aquino III is by complying with its financial obligations to the government and by making substantial contributions to Philippine coffers,” Lopez said.