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The New Iloilo Airport at Cabatuan, Iloilo

News Blog about the New Iloilo Airport

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

New airport, new era of blessings, says Syjuco

Panay News. 6/12/2007

ILOILO City – When President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo steps out of the airplane today at the new Iloilo airport, Secretary Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco will lead well-wishers in welcoming the Chief Executive.

Syjuco, secretary-general of the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), will be with wife, Cong. Judy Jalbuena Syjuco of the 2nd District of Iloilo.
The new Iloilo airport of international standard is in the town of Cabatuan, Iloilo which is located in the 2nd District.

“The completion of our new Iloilo international airport opens a new era of blessings for the lives and good future of the Ilonggos,” said Sec. Syjuco.

When he was still the congressman of the 2nd District, Syjuco said he made sure that there would be no shenanigans in the construction of the airport, and he pushed for a congressional inquiry to ensure this.

The development of the new Iloilo airport is part of the Department of Transportation and Communication’s (DOTC) strategic objective -- which has been adopted as a national development thrust -- in the air transportation sector to develop airports of international standard to improve air transportation safety and boost economic development.

The existing Iloilo airport in Mandurriao, Iloilo City is the fourth busiest in the country in terms of passenger traffic next to Ninoy Aquino, Mactan and Davao international airports but has been facing problems of obsolete facilities, operational limitations due to obstacles, limited expandability due to existence of roads and rivers, and urbanization around the airport.

Studies have concluded that the existing Mandurriao airport is no longer capable of accommodating future air traffic demand due to technical, environmental and economic limitations and confirmed the urgent need to develop a new 188-hectare airport complex within the municipality Cabatuan, Iloilo, which was established to be the most suitable and best alternative location.

The implementation of the project was approved by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) on March 2000 and subsequently led to the signing on August 31, 2000 of the Special Yen Loan Package (SYLP) Loan Agreement PH P-214 between the Government of the Philippines and Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).

Panay News. 6/12/2007

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