Sonny Angara believes that tourism is our nation’s hope to provide jobs especially to the less developed areas, like in the provinces. This came to light when we had the chance to ask his opinion of improving our airports in the country.
“It’s been such a long time that we are debating for the need of new international and domestic airports. During my campaign sorties, I discovered that it’s hard to travel from one place to another because of limited flight choices bound from Manila,” Sonny said during our conversation.
Angara has been taking direct commercial flights to provincial campaign sorties and has personally experienced the travails of ordinary airline passengers going through local airports. During his recent trip in Bohol made him aware of the fact that big group tours from China and Korea cannot be accommodated because of flight shortages and hotel rooms. This is why Sonny Angara is pushing for the improvements of airports and more hotels to boost tourism campaign.
“Boosting our tourism, in itself, is not a problem. There are areas in the country, such as Caramoan in Camarines Sur, which have acquired worldwide appreciation even before Filipinos became aware of its beauty. The problem rests in making sure that we have airports that can accommodate the number of tourists who would be visiting,” the lawmaker from Aurora said.
When asked his opinion on the Air Passenger Bill of Rights — which aims to protect travelers from what are perceived to be abusive practices by local and foreign airlines, Sonny told us that it is a big help for flying passengers but believes that it is not a solution to attract more tourists and what we really need now is more of infrastructures to move passengers from places that are not easily accessible. “We need airports, accessible roads, and hotels in every provinces because every places have beautiful tourist attractions like Samar, Sarangani, Isabela, and many more.”
Angara, principal author of RA 9447 or the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Act, underscored the need to make airport development a number one priority of the administration. He noted that some airports in the country have been long due for an upgrade, and among the issues that need to be addressed are short runways, runway traffic, night flight capacity and inadequate facilities.
Angara, who is currently pushing for the enactment of measures that aim to boost the sector, particularly medical tourism and agri-tourism, stressed how important it is to boost the country’s tourism to generate jobs in different industries.
“Tourism adds to the country’s gross domestic product and creates jobs for Filipinos. In 2011, travel and tourism accounted for about nine percent of GDP and is forecast to rise by 5.2 percent per annum by 2022. The industry also accounts for over 3.5 million jobs,” the lawmaker said.
With that, Sonny would like to be part or head a committee on Tourism in the Senate if he wins in the coming election. His other choices would be committees on Education or in Trade Industry. “Let’s put relevant issues in the Senate,” said the young lawmaker, who’s only 40 years old by the time he sets foot as new senator.
When we asked him, Who is Sonny Angara as an ordinary citizen, he replied, “As ordinary citizen, I’m law-abiding and believes that everyone must have the same opportunity and equality.”
Well said. How about you dear readers, do you think Sonny Angara will be a great help in boosting tourism and the economy in our country once he gets elected? Share us your thoughts and opinions. We gladly appreciate your comments!
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