New Iloilo airport to open on March 2007
ILOILO City – The New Iloilo Airport Development Project will become operational in March 2007 while the Negros Occidental airport is set for completion in the second quarter of 2007, revealed Sen. Franklin Drilon.
Last October 9, the Senate Finance committee chaired by Drilon approved a P5.5-billion infrastructure fund that will pave the way for the operation next year of these two biggest airport projects in Region 6.
"The bombing of the Negros airport is certainly a setback, but the move of the committee to provide funding for this airport sends the signal that we are determined to push through with the project that will bring the region economic progress," Drilon said
Drilon called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement appropriate security measures to ensure the safety of the New Iloilo Airport Development Project so as not to delay its opening amidst the bombing of the Silay airport project.
New People's Army rebels numbering at least 30 and disguised as policemen raided the Silay airport project before dawn of Sunday, bombing structures and torching construction equipment.
In the wake of this development, the government urges the public to cooperate because such terror acts will only affect the economy negatively and embolden political destabilization that will hurt the country and destroy the gains that has already been achieved. It also continues to press on with measures to secure vital projects and infrastructures in the country and to further intensify the counter- terrorism campaign in all fronts.
The allocation for the New Iloilo Airport of international standard in Iloilo amounting to P2.712 billion and P2.788 billion for the Negros Occidental airport was declared by Drilon during the committee hearing on the P17.6 billion budget of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) for 2007 submitted for Senate approval.
"The rise of a first-rate airport in Western Visayas that is compliant with international standards is crucial to the development of the country. This will boost our air transportation services, making the Philippines more accessible to the rest of the world," said Drilon.
Panay News. October 14, 2006