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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Army platoon deployed to Iloilo airport project site

Panay News. Oct. 12, 2006
By MONTESA GRIÑO

ILOILO – A platoon of Philippine Army (PA) troops from the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) based in Jamindan, Capiz will augment the security force of the Iloilo Airport of International Standards here.

Maj. Gen. Victor Ibrado, commanding general of the 3ID, agreed to the deployment after conferring with Chief Supt. Geary Barias, director of the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6).

The new Iloilo airport is sprawled in a 184-hectare site between the towns of Cabatuan and Sta. Barbara, located 19 kilometers north of Iloilo City.

Earlier, Barias ordered Senior Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel, director of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO), to review the security measures at the airport project following the burning of the Bacolod international airport project in Silay City, Negros Occidental Sunday morning by 30 armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

PNP Director Gen. Oscar Calderon had assured Ilonggos that the new Iloilo airport of international standards project will not suffer the same fate as the airport project in Silay City .

"I had a conversation with Calderon. He gave me the assurance that security measures will be upgraded in these two airports,” said Sen. Franklin Drilon.

Like the airport project in Silay City, the Iloilo airport is in its last phase of completion and will begin operation next year.

The plan is to convert the area into a commercial, residential and semi-industrial district. It will be a domestic trunk line airport that will replace the existing airport in Mandurriao.

The airport project, for which P2.7 billion is being allocated in the budget of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), with the loan proceeds of P1.5 billion, is about to be finished.

The civil works and the electrical works are about to be finished on December 31, 2006.
“Test flights are supposed to be made on the first quarter of next year, the turnover will be made on March 17, 2007," Drilon said.

Last September 29, 2006, Drilon had an ocular of the site of the new airport in Iloilo and was pleased to see that the construction of the airport is within schedule.

The three-story passenger terminal, about 12,000 square meters 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 can accommodate six aircrafts simultaneously parking at a time. Air navigation systems, including a radar area, is also in place.

Panay News. Oct. 12, 2006

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