Pag-asa residents watch China build 'city' in neighboring reef

Wish list

The real concerns here are basic. They want facilities to make the island more liveable. 

"Ang  hinihiling namin dati pa runway, daungan ng barko, pier, 'yun pong hospital. 'Yun lang naman po ang kailangan dito (We've have been asking for a runway, a harbor, a pier, and a hospital)," said Balidan. 

The previous administration had alloted money to fix the runway, but the budget was repeatedly deferred as the country pursued an arbitration case against China. 

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in his visit promised that the island will finally have its facilities. First, they will beach a landing ship into the island to bring in construction materials to build facilities and fix the runway. 

China is likely to protest the plans as it has protested Lorenzana's visit. But the defense chief said it shouldn't be a reason to stop the plans for the island. –