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PGMA to release P50-M for Puerto Princesa airport in August PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2007

PUERTO PRINCESA - The national government is set to release P50 million this August as initial release for the rehabilitation of the city’s airport, including the expansion of the terminal building.

This was disclosed by Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Director-General, Sec. Cerge Remonde in an interview with the Philippines News Agency.

”In one month, President Arroyo will release P50 million as first release out of almost P150 million budget for the rehabilitation of the city’s airport terminal,” Remonde said.

Mayor Edward Hagedorn expressed gratitude to President Arroyo for the impending release of P50 million from Malampaya money.

Hagedorn said the upgrading of the city’s airport into an international standard will further strengthen the role of the city as the commercial center of Palawan.

Eduardo Lansang, Air Transportation Office (ATO) Puerto Princesa branch manager, said the initial P50 million Malampaya money will be channeled through the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the implementing agency.

The construction work calls for 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 work also includes the five-meter expansion at the frontage, construction of VIP room, lengthy ceiling, and runway expansion from 45 meters to 60 meters, among others.

In the same interview, Remonde assured that various infrastructure projects promised by President Arroyo in her SONA will be realized before 2010.

”I can assure the people of Palawan that these numerous development projects will be realized,” said the PMS head, referring to airports in Busuanga, San Vicente and Puerto Princesa and backbone road network from El Nido to Bataraza. (PNA)


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