By GENALYN D. KABILING
MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno S. Aquino III has authorized the transfer of the huge Nayong Pilipino property in Pasay City to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) for the planned expansion of airport and cargo facilities.
In Executive Order No. 58, the President said the 22.3-hectare land of the Nayong Pilipino Foundation Inc. (NPF) will be used for the expansion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2. This expansion to the north will include the development of the New International Cargo Terminal Facility to support the operation of NAIA Terminal 3 and “accommodate growth in the passenger and aircraft movement.”
“I, Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order the Nayong Pilipino Foundation, Inc. to transfer its remaining land with an area of 22.3 hectares in Pasay City to the Manila International Airport Authority,” the order read.
“It is the declared policy of the State to promote and maintain a viable, efficient, dependable and safe air transportation system as an effective instrument for national recovery and economic progress,” the order stated further.
In 1972, the NPF was given a 45.9-has property in Pasay City on a portion of which the Nayong Pilipino Cultural Park (NPFPark) was built.
In 2002, then President Arroyo allowed the transfer of 8.6 hectares of the NPF property to the MIAA and the closure of the NPF Park pending its redevelopment.
Five years later, the old NPF Park was moved to the 15-has property of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) in Parañaque City and the transfer of 15 hectares of NPF’s Pasay property to the PRA.
Presidential Decree No. 37 issued in 1972 provides that the parcel of land given to the NPF shall revert to the National Government if the NPF is dissolved or ceases.
The same decree states that the land occupied by the NPF shall not be transferred to another person or entity without previous authorization by the President of the Philippines.
EO 58, signed last September 29, takes effect upon publication in a national newspaper.