By Mike Crismundo
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur – Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has vowed to help push to the national government for the extension of Tandag City Airport runway.
The long-time “buddy” of President Rodrigo R. Duterte did not categorically promise to the local officials for the said extension of runway in this southern-tip city but will request Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to help make the study and budget for the expansion and a comfortable length of runway for Tandag City Airport.
The strong desire of the local officials in that Pacific Ocean-facing province and city is also to have a daily flight, hence Resolution 1073-18 dated June 5, 2018 was passed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan under Vice Gov. Manuel Alameda Sr. “Requesting the management of Cebu Pacific (CebuPac) for a daily flight from Cebu City to Tandag City and vice versa in the province of Surigao del Sur.”
CebuPac only flies three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in Tandag City.
SAP Go also noted the airport is very vital in tourism industry.
“I immediately called up Sec. (Arthur) Tugade in this regard,” referring to the expansion/extension of the runway here,” SAP Go told local newsmen there.
Responding to the local newsmen, he was in agreement for such a need especially that “Surigao del Sur had a great potential for the tourism industry,” Go noted.
SAP Go was the guest of honor and speaker during the opening program for the 58th “Araw ng Surigao del Sur” held at Tandag City gymnasium on June 15.
The five-day celebration culminated on Tuesday, also declared as special nonworking holiday for the entire province under Republic Act. 7671 since January 10, 1997.
SAP GO also noted the airport is very important especially that Boracay is shut down and Surigao del Sur is seen with many best tourist destinations in northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region.