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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Cabatuan exec joins call to retain airport's name

Sunstar Iloilo, 8/10/2006

CABATUAN Mayor Ramon Yee joined Iloilo provincial officials in saying that the existing Iloilo Airport of International Standards name should not be changed to Panay Airport of International Standards.

"It took us a long time to push for this airport here," Yee said. "Also, Panay is such a big place for an airport to be named after. Besides, the airport is located here in Iloilo," he added.

Last August 3, the Regional Development Council headed by Antique Governor Sally Zaldivar Perez, pushed for the change in the airport's name.

Her resolution was forwarded to the Office of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and they hope that an executive order will be released as regards this.

This garnered protests from Iloilo provincial officials. The Provincial Board of Iloilo approved a resolution last Tuesday opposing the said proposal.

The resolution was authored by Board Member Doming Oso, Jr., chairman of the Committee on Ordinances, Legal Matters and Inter-Government Relations.

The PB cited that there was lack of basis and without consultation with the host province. The existing name also gives honor and recognition to Ilonggo leaders who worked for the realization of the project.

"The said proposal was made without consultation either to Mayor Jerry P. TreƱas who is one of the members of the said council and to Governor Niel Tupas Sr," Oso said.

Oso said that though the proposal wanted Antique, Aklan, Capiz and Guimaras to share the recognition, the Iloilo Government was the only contractor and worked hard for the project.

Board Member Bernardo Silla Jr felt insulted with the proposal for the change of name. He suggested that RDC be probed and if the leadership is found incompetent, it should be changed or condemned.

The board also reiterated that the RDC cannot act on its own and it violated procedure. (KVC)

Sunstar Iloilo, 8/10/2006


  • At Tuesday, January 01, 2008 6:12:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I still think the best name would be Iloilo International Airport or I.I.A. for short. Say the initials aloud (I.I.A.), it sounds very world class and catchy. Go forward Iloilo!


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