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PGMA allots P128M for Puerto Princesa airport rehab PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 April 2007

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, April 12 (PNA) - A year after she promised to make Puerto Princesa more attractive to tourists, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has earmarked P128 million for the rehabilitation of the city’s airport, including the expansion of the terminal building this year.

”This is the fulfilment of President Arroyo’s promise to rehabilitate our city’s airport terminal to spur economic and tourism development in Puerto Princesa and Palawan,” Eduardo Lansang, Air Transportation Office (ATO) Puerto Princesa branch manager, said in an interview by the Philippines News Agency.

In March 2006, President Arroyo pledged to rehabilitate the city’s airport during the full activation of the P200-million Sanitary Landfill Project, the country’s first engineered sanitary landfill initiated and operated by a local government unit (LGU) in compliance with Republic Act 9003.

Lansang said out of the P128 million-Malampaya gas project money, P28 million has been released with the help of the lobbying efforts of Rep. Abraham Mitra.

He said the initial fund will be channeled through the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the implementing agency.

Lansang said with the release of the fund, initial construction works will start last week of April by the winning bidder, A. R. Lustre Construction Company.

He stressed the additional P100-million fund will help in the upgrading of the airport, while other funds will be utilized to purchase baggage conveyors, airconditioning units and other equipment and materials inside the airport.

The works include the five-meter expansion at the frontage, construction of VIP room, lengthy ceiling, runway expansion from 45 meters to 60 meters, among others.

”If completed, our airport terminal building will have a new face,” Lansang said.

He appealed to the travelers to bear the inconvenience during the construction which will only last up to eight months.

Meanwhile, Lansang noted the high number of tourists who visited Palawan in the past months.

Seven hundred to 800 arrivals have been recorded per day, he disclosed. (By Alex Villanueva Jr. PNA)

 

 
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