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The New Iloilo Airport at Cabatuan, Iloilo

News Blog about the New Iloilo Airport

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Iloilo nears completion of international airport

PIA Press Release 07/12/2006

Iloilo City (12 July) -- Visiting Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Deputy Director-General Leon Omoso was given today a tour of ongoing civil works for the new international airport here in Cabatuan district. He was briefed by Engr. Manuel Lauden, DOTC Deputy Project Manager.

Philippine Information Agency Deputy Director-General Leo Omoso listens to Engr. Manuel Lauden, DOTC Deputy Project Manager for NIADP, as the latter explains the work going on and overall status of the project. In Photo are PIA - AMO 6 operations in-charge Nena Magalona and Phil-JAC Deputy project manager Engr. Celso de la Cruz and another deputy project manager. (PIA 6)

Workers continue to do finishing work on the runway of Iloilo's Airport of International Standards in Cabatuan, Iloilo. According to the DOTC project managers and consultants, the airport is expected to test the equipment and facilities before the year ends. (PIA 6)

Work at the control tower and the passengers' terminal continues at the New Iloilo Airport Development Project (NIADP), as the Department of Transportation and Communication expects the facilities and equipment to be tested before end of this year. (PIA 6)

Source: PIA Press Release 07/12/2006

Work at the control tower and the passengers' terminal continues

7/14/2006. The News Today

Despite the inclement weather this week, work at the control tower and the passengers' terminal continues at the New Iloilo Airport Development Project (NIADP) in Cabatuan-Sta. Barbara area. The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) earlier projected that the NIADP will be completed by the end of this year.

Source: The News Today. 7/14/2006.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

New Iloilo Airport Dev't Project 75% completed

Sunstar Iloilo. Friday, July 14, 2006

CABATUAN -- Engineers Manuel Lauden, Deputy Project Manager for the New Iloilo Airport Development Project (NIADP) and Celso de la Cruz, Deputy Project Manager for Phil-Japan Airport Consultants, Inc. said three-fourths of the civil works, building works, utility works and other types of works at the site of the Iloilo Airport of international standards are already undertaken to date.

In an on-site briefing with Deputy Director General Leo Omoso of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), and Mrs Nena S. Magalona, PIA-AMO 6 Operations In-charge, Engineer Lauden said that the new Iloilo airport is comparatively the best and the earliest ever constructed outside of Metro Manila.

Engineer Lauden added that the new airport is the first to have modern, latest technology belonging to Category F as determined by the International Civil Aviation (ICA) Organization. This means the new Iloilo airport is accredited as a qualifier for international standards.

Meanwhile, Engineer De la Cruz said that almost all equipment and facilities are already on hand, some were installed for commissioning before the year ends. These equipment and facilities will be tested starting December, while the buildings are undergoing rigid finishing touches, which takes quite sometime, to ensure quality.

He said work continues without delay, except for constraints like the bad weather condition and some social aspects of operation, the latter, relatively manageable.

The on-site briefing included an ocular view of the facilities and features of the airport complex.

The three-storey passenger terminal, about 12, 000 sq. meter in floor area, houses the baggage conveyor on the first floor, the check in area and the airline offices on the second floor and the pre-departure area on the third, and the arrival area along the corridors that lead to the first floor. The airport apron can accommodate six aircrafts simultaneously parking at a time.

Other features besides the standard civil works and building works are the air navigation systems that include a radar area, which can easily determine the condition of flying aircrafts, including those in distress.

The complex has a six-hectare regulating pond, bigger than the Burnham Park in Baguio that can hold even a year's continuous downpour, hence, not flood the airport runway.

Engineer Lauden said the water passes through a treatment plant, which can augur well for the area to become a livelihood center. The water in the pond will also be pumped out for irrigation purposes.

On the other hand, PIA Deputy Director General Leo Omoso said that it is President Gloria Arroyo's prime concern that the Central Philippines, which includes Western Visayas, become a leading mega region as far as tourism, investments and technology are concerned.

"The new Iloilo airport when it becomes fully operational, is the key to many great opportunities for unprecedented growth in Iloilo," Omoso said.

Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, Sr. said that the construction of the new Iloilo airport would see to the development of an expanded livelihood source other than farming for many people.

Further, Tupas said, it will greatly promote tourism and investments, and also bring about social benefits and uplift the dignity and pride of the Ilonggos for the prestige the Iloilo airport of international standards will bring.

The implementation of the NIADP is spearheaded by the Department of Transportation and Communication, whose strategy of developing the Iloilo Airport has become a national development thrust. (ESS)

Source: Sunstar Iloilo. Friday, July 14, 2006

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Airport workers want refund of tax pay

July 11, 2006, Tuesday. Sunstar Iloilo. By Lory Ann B. Bilbao

THE laborers of the New Iloilo International Airport in Sta. Barbara-Cabatuan wanted their tax pays refunded from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Seventy-nine laborers of the airport, which is currently being constructed, complained very recently of the tax charged against their salaries.

The workers, which were hired under the Taisei Construction, the contractor of the airport, reportedly complained that out of their P2,994 weekly pay, P441 was being deducted-told to be the laborer's withholding taxes.

Allegedly, the money goes to each person who recommended them.

Cabatuan Mayor Ramon Yee, in a broadcast of Aksyon Radyo said the said money was remitted to the BIR, thus, the workers should file for a refund of the same withheld taxes before the BIR.

Source: Sunstar Iloilo. July 11, 2006, Tuesday. By Lory Ann B. Bilbao