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The New Iloilo Airport at Cabatuan, Iloilo

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Monday, March 05, 2007

President to lead inauguration

The Guardian Iloilo, 3/5/2007
by Francis Allan L. Angelo

Gloria excited on new Iloilo airport opening
President to lead inauguration

PRESIDENT Gloria Arroyo is excited to inaugurate the P6-billion new Iloilo airport of international standards at the Cabatuan-Sta. Barbara area, said Representative Arthur Defensor (Iloilo, 3rd district).

Defensor said President Arroyo will lead the inauguration and opening of the airport in middle of April.

The new airport will begin operation April 14, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Citing their meeting in Malacañang last week, Defensor said President Arroyo “is very enthusiastic to inaugurate the airport as soon as possible.”

“This airport is one of the most modern and beautiful in terms of architecture and design. But what is important is that this airport will become the key to the rapid development and progress of the city and province of Iloilo and the rest of Western Visayas,”

According to DOTC officials, President Arroyo will be on board the first plane to land on the multibillion airport facility.

Installation and testing of the airport’s aviation equipment is ongoing while the DOTC is now hiring personnel that will operate the facility.

Families affected by the airport project will be prioritized in the hiring, the DOTC said.

The new airport sits on a 200-hectare land straddling the towns of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan.

Its 48,000-square meter apron can accommodate six commercial planes at a time.

The airport project is financed by a P5.259-billion loan from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) while the Philippine government allotted a counterpart fund of P928 million.

The Guardian Iloilo, 3/5/2007

1 Comments:

  • At Wednesday, March 07, 2007 5:44:00 AM, Anonymous ~M~ said…

    Iloilo is gradually reviving itself to its former glory as the "Heart of the Philippines". I think it's quite remarkable how much this City has improved over the last decade. As an Ilonggo, I'm truly proud of our island. I think we should all join forces in rebuilding this City towards greater prosperity!

     

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