Despite Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) being equipped with four terminals, there are still more flights than the airport can handle. Before leaving Bacolod-Silay Airport, pilots radio ahead to the NAIA control tower for landing time allocations as to avoid being stuck in a holding pattern upon arrival.
After a flight route between Bacolod-Silay Airport and Clark International Airport was announced in December 2017, Cebu Pacific Air will being providing flights next month. If intending to travel to places such as Subic, Tarlac, Baguio City, or the Ilocos Region, flying through Clark can help avoid Metro Manila traffic.
During a visit to the Clark Freeport Zone, I noticed the air-conditioned buses that travel every hour between Clark and Metro Manila, along with access to Kapampangan cuisine just outside the airport perimeter.
The chaotic traffic situation across Metro Manila is something local residents have dealt with from time immemorial.
No Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairperson nor traffic czar can resolve the matter of vehicle volume.
Do not blame the president or the MMDA.
Based on observations by local residents, it appears the newly-elected mayors of Pasig City and Manila are moving mountains to minimize the practices conducted by preceding administrations of “traditional politicians,” or “trapo.”
Prior to Vico Sotto’s election as mayor, the native delicacy bico was prohibited from being sold. Given his challenge to Pasig City Mayor Robert Cruz Eusebio, one would imagine, with vendors yelling “Bico” around town, it would sound like campaigning for the challenger.
For Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, he has shown to be a hands-on figure.
This column greets Roland Ramos, Joemari Moriente, Richard Oquendo, Tony Oquindo, Apple Macali, Nato Novero, Kathy Villalon, Charles Lim, Apollo Santos, Michelle Lim, Mae Panes, Ping Jimenea, Natalie Lim, Harold Geronimo, and Maui dela Cruz Espejo./WDJ