DOTC allots P303M to construct, rehab of 7 airports

THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has allocated some P303Million for infrastructure package as part of the administration’s campaign to increase the tourism potential of the Philippines.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said DOTC has invited prospective bidders for the construction, rehabilitation, and/or expansion of seven airports across the archipelago. The infrastructure package amounting to Php303 million is a welcome boost for the improvement of Philippine transportation facilities.

“This initiative seeks to improve passenger and airport traffic handling capacity, open up areas for tourism and commercial growth within the country, and to further encourage the influx of foreign and domestic visitors,” Valte said in a statement.

This goes hand-in-hand with the balancing of interests between carriers and the flying public by the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) regarding overbooking and ticket refunds. While the industry standard for overbooking is 10 percent, a new CAB directive limits this to a maximum of 5 percent. Moreover, rebooking and refunding for all fares, including low-cost fares, have also been allowed, Valte said.

These changes, she said, are part of a systematic, overarching initiative of the DOTC to develop a more comprehensive Passenger Bill of Rights that efficiently addresses the air transport-related concerns of the public.

She said the Aquino administration continues to make strides in improving the country’s infrastructure and in reforming transportation regulations, to better affirm the vitality exhibited our growing economy.

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