Sunday, September 15, 2013
By: Ven rebo Arigo
The new Bohol airport’s rise and the development of other airports in the country are foreseen to make the Philippines to the top one-third of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI).
The modern international airport which will rise on Panglao island is among the major projects in the public-private partnership (PPP) program of the Aquino administration to address the country’s infrastructure issue.
During the recent World Economic Forum (WEF), the infrastructure concern in the country floated as the most problematic among the so-called 12 pillars of economic development.
The WEF report cited the airport as one of the problematic infrastructures in the country and, according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Sec. Gregory Domingo, the implementation of priority airport projects is a key to global competitiveness.
The country placed 59th in the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report of the WEF from 65th spot in 2012 and it has to elevate to the 49th rank to be in the top one-third of the competitiveness index.
The higher slot is attainable once the country’s state of infrastructure, especially involving airports, is raised to higher level.