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Monday, October 02, 2006

Drilon satisfied with New Iloilo Airport

Sunstar Iloilo. October 03, 2006
By Nelson C. Robles

"I AM pleased with the progress of the construction of the New Iloilo Airport. I am satisfied,’ said former Senate President Franklin Drilon after an hour tour at the New Iloilo Airport.

Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon with Governor Niel D. Tupas Sr., Friday, 12 noon, made an ocular inspection of the on-going New Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, an adjacent town of Sta. Barbara.

Tupas picked up Drilon and his wife at the old Iloilo Airport in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The couple took a Cebu Pacific flight originated from Cebu City.

Drilon and his party immediately took a ride upon stepping out from the arrival area. A convoy of security cars followed on the way going to the site of the New Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan-Sta. Barbara.

Members of the local press waited earlier inside the Press Conference Room of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) anticipating the arrival of the Ilonggo senator.

A brief press conference was held prior to the ocular inspection.

Representatives from the Japanese contractor gave complete details of the report on the status of the New Iloilo Airport.

Drilon based from the official reports submitted to him from the contractor, relayed to the media that the airport project was 4 percent ahead of schedule and is 77 percent complete without slippage.

“Ilonggo residents should be proud of the new airport as this would boost eco-tourism developments in both the city and province of Iloilo and the entire island of Panay,” Drilon said.

The New Iloilo Airport officially started its construction on April 14, 2004 and will soon have its inaugural flight on March 19, 2007.

Commercial flights will start on the 2nd quarter of next year.

Accompanied by the local press and the Japanese technical personnel, Drilon and Tupas with former Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary Rene Villa, the entourage visited the wide runway of the airport and experienced the panoramic view of the area.

In a snide remark, Drilon failed to hide his disappointments of the current fiasco towards the controversial Piatco Terminal in Manila anticipating the New Iloilo Airport will resume flight operations ahead of the former.

Sunstar Iloilo. October 03, 2006


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