|03/08/1999 - P60M fund from Sen. Osmeña for Panglao airport|
|Sen. John Osmeña is shifting some P60 million from the Cebu South Reclaimation Project to the much delayed Panglao Airport. He issued the assurance for the funds to be released within the next three months during a 15-minute huddle with Gov. Rene Relampagos and Vice Gov. Edgar|
the city airport yesterday. Osmeña boarded the same King Air private plane which brought
Presidential Assistant on Political Affairs Lito Banayo and Presidential Assistant for
Visayas Marcel Fernan.
The Cebuano Senator said that there should also be an end to this selffishness of the Cebuanos while he wants these funds shared with Bohol and Negros Oriental. Osmeña, who sits as the chairman of the powerful Senate finance committee, told the CHRONICLE during the same interview that he was vehement in his declaration to President Estrada in denouncing the greedi- ness of some Cebu officials who do not want to share the pie with their neighbors in Bohol and Negros Oriental.
The brief visit of Sen. Osmeña was made to officially confirm to Gov. Relampagos, who is the concurrent chairman of the Regional Development Council, regarding the funding intended for Panglao Airport.
Commenting on the senators commitment, Gov. Relampagos said that the fund will be used to acquire some 87 hectares for the 120-hectare Panglao Airport. He said that only 32 hectares were purchased during the time of Ex-Governor David B. Tirol. Relampagos said that knowing the scarcity of funds from the usual sources of funding like the Department of Tourism, other sources have to be tapped. The assurance of the fund came as Bohol leaders almost gave up on the tourism estate project due to the governments inability to provide the funding.
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