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Toves: CPA has master plan but it needs to be updated

NEWLY confirmed Commonwealth Ports Authority board member Barrie Toves said the CPA has a master plan, but it’s outdated and has to be upgraded.

In an interview following the Senate public hearing on his nomination Thursday, Toves said: “We decided to update it in 2014 when casino legalization was enacted into law and eventually we placed that on our wish-list for federal funding.”

However, he said, “we faced another problem with the runway and other areas so we had to push back that wish-list to the next federal funding year.”

But eventually “we decided to upgrade our master plan by tapping our local revenue, and that’s what we’re doing now. Our contractor is gathering information for the development of our master plan.”

Rep. Leepan Guerrero and Commonwealth Ports Authority officials are seen in the Senate gallery during the Senate hearing on Barrie Toves’ re-appointment to the CPA board on Thursday.  Photo by Cherrie Anne E. VillahermosaRep. Leepan Guerrero and Commonwealth Ports Authority officials are seen in the Senate gallery during the Senate hearing on Barrie Toves’ re-appointment to the CPA board on Thursday. Photo by Cherrie Anne E. Villahermosa

Toves said now that the CPA board has a quorum again, it can adopt an airline-incentive program.

“Our biggest priority is to implement the incentive program. It has been approved at the committee level and must now be approved by the board. The incentive program will provide discounts on the current charges paid by airlines, and it will also qualify international flights that want to open up a new market.”

Senate Vice President Steve Mesngon, during the public hearing, asked Toves to prioritize the Rota airline issue, adding that it is having a negative affect on the island’s medical-referral patients.

Sen. Sixto Igisomar, for his part, said CPA should maintain transparency when negotiating for new airline services.