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Reconsider proposed Bulacan airport

/ 09:14 AM April 18, 2019

The proposed new airport to replace the old Manila international airport should be restudied.

I googled the proposed site and found that it will be situated 35 kilometers northwest of Manila, which means it is already within a high population density area. A few kilometers north and east are flood-prone areas. Its western boundary will be the Manila Bay. This means that only a limited housing area surrounding the proposed new airport can accommodate the population decongestion of Metro Manila.

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The new and large airport will need an array of elevated highways that shall traverse flood-prone areas. Isn’t it reasonable to say that costs will be higher compared to building these arteries on a flat surface?

I think the best solution for all the problems of Metro Manila—overpopulation, air traffic congestion, Edsa traffic, water shortage, criminality, drugs, etc.—is decongestion.

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A look at the map tells us that situating a new airport somewhere within the Batangas-Cavite area is best. The area is vast, fairly flat, elevated and flood-free. This is a good  and large enough place where the population of Metro Manila can relocate.

ANTONIO SOTELO,

antonio.e.sotelo@gmail.com

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