MANILA The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) has formally transferred the certificate of titles of the Philippine Air Force Golf Course and operational areas to the PAF.
This took place last May 29 after BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio B. Dizon and Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed a memorandum of agreement on the matter.
"(The) BCDA has finally turned over to us the Certificate of Titles of the PAF Golf Course and Operational Areas. This undertaking signifies that BCDA remains to be our dynamic partner in modernizing military facilities and infrastructure development, Lorenzana said in a statement Monday.
He also lauded the agency for its renewed partnership with the DND which gave focused modernization of military facilities and infrastructure development.
Lorenzana said the collaboration with the BCDA gives life to the provisions of a MOA signed by the DND and the PAF with the BCDA way back in July 1997.
The above-mentioned MOA covers the swapping of a portion of the Villamor Air Base Golf Course area with the Ninoy Aquino International Airport International Passenger Terminal III site.
This was further amended by a 2005 MOA obliging BCDA to be responsible for the funding and replication or reconstruction of PAF facilities and utilities that were affected by the final delineation of areas in Villamor Air Base.
According to the BCDA, the PAF Golf Course measures 56.13-hectares while the PAF operational area is 47.33-hectares, amounting to a total of PHP716,440,855.42.
"It is good to know that our department is not alone in pursuing the goal of having a modernized military. We have stakeholders, like BCDA, who are committed to assist us in sharpening our military edge so we can better perform our mandate of securing our peace and sovereignty, the DND chief added. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency