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Friday, January 26, 2007

New Iloilo Airport to spur Visayas dev’t — Drilon

Manila Bulletin. 1/27/2007

ILOILO CITY — The new airport here, to open this April, will provide a new gateway to the Visayas for air travelers not only in the Philippines, but worldwide. It will offer opportunities for businesses, employment and economic growth to the whole of Eastern Visayas.

These primary benefits from the opening of thje new airport were cited by Sen. Franklin M. Drilon at his speech at the topping ceremony for the new air terminal yesterday, which coincided with the start of the Dinagyang Festival in the province.

"This infrastructure project serves as a gateway that welcomes large-scale business transactions and visitors into the region while providing access to the citizens and businesses in Iloilo to the larger economy," said Drilon, also president of the Liberal Party.

Drilon hailed the development of the new airport as the springboard for economic growth in the provinces of Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras and Negros Occidental.

According to a report of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC), "the annual passenger movement between Iloilo and Manila is expected to exceed 800,000 in the year 2010, and wide-bodied jet aircraft such as A330 is very much likely to be operated."

"This will meet the needs of the traveling public for generations to come," Drilon said.

The new airport, equipped with modern facilities, will cater to the increasing number of air passenger and cargo traffic in Iloilo and its neigbor provinces to boost economic development of the Visayas regions, the latest DoTC project status report said.

Construction of the New Iloilo Airport started in 2004 and will be completed by March 18 this year. The three-story passenger terminal is about 12,000 sq. meter in floor area. The airport can accommodate six aircrafts simultaneously parking at a time.

The DoTC said that the new airport is the first to have the latest technology belonging to Category F as determined by the International Civil Aviation (ICA) Organization. This means that the airport is accredited as a qualifier for international standards.

The airport complex has a six-hectare regulating pod, bigger than the Burnham Park in Baguio, that can hold even a year’s continuous downpour, to prevent flood at the airport runway.

Drilon, a native of Iloilo, played a lead role in the completion of the P8.7-billion Iloilo Airport project in the past eight years. He was part of the steering committee which oversaw the project’s implementation.

In November 1998, then President Joseph Estrada issued a memorandum creating the Iloilo Airport Coordinating Committee, with Drilon as adviser.

The airport is at a 188-hectare area in Sta. Barbara-Cabatuan, 19 kilometers north of Iloilo City.

Manila Bulletin. 1/27/2007

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