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Puerto Princesa being developed as international gateway PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 February 2008

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Feb. 19 (PNA) - Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said the national government has started to develop Puerto Princesa City as an international gateway due to the demands of foreign airliners to open direct international flights here.

”Puerto Princesa City is being developed as international gateway because of demands for direct international flights from this city to China, Korea, Japan, Asian and European countries and vice versa,” Durano told the Philippines News Agency during his recent visit here.


He said the Department of Tourism and tourism stakeholders in the country have been marketing Palawan’s tourism products, particularly its “pristine nature”.

At present, the national government, through the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), is undertaking the rehabilitation and expansion of the city’s airport terminal to meet the international standards and increasing demand.

Durano said there is an urgent need to upgrade the airport terminal and expand its runway to 1,700 meters with complete instrument landing system.

He noted the Puerto Princesa airport is one of the airports lined up for rehabilitation and upgrading and will complement the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, further strengthening and broadening the country's air, sea and land transportation network.

Durano said the upgrading of airports in the Central Philippines super region is under the country’s Medium Term Public Investment Program.

He noted that seven out of the 10 most visited beaches in the country are found in Central Philippines where 58 percent of tourists arrive, generating about P82 billion in tourism revenues.

Durano reported that by 2010, the Central Philippines will have completed 14 function airports that will include the international airports in Puerto Princesa. (By Alex Villanueva Jr. / PNA)

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