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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

 

Rehab of coastal town airports sought

by Merlito G. Edale, Jr.

ILAGAN, Isabela, January 25 (PIA) -- The provincial board members here, in their regular session yesterday, have unanimously agreed to seek financial aid from all senators of the country to finance the repair and rehabilitation of the three airports in the coastal towns of Maconacon, Palanan and Dinapigue to boost the economic activity in the said areas.

Based on the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) report, the three airports were damaged during the onslaught of strong typhoons that directly hit the coastal areas for the past two years.

Despite the damages recorded, the airports are still being utilized by airline companies operating in the area via Cauayan City airport.

The airports can only accommodate six up to 12-seater planes because the runways are narrow and designed for small airplanes.

According to the resolution drafted the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the coastal town airports must be repaired to attain the normal airport physical facilities condition and to ensure the safety of the passengers going in and out of the coastal towns.

Most of the coastal towns could only be reached through air and sea transport.

In the previous years, typhoons Juan, Juaning Pedring and Quiel have directly hit the three coastal towns, registering huge damages on agriculture and infrastructures including the airports.

The provincial board will be forwarding the resolution seeking financial aid to the senators. (TCB/MGE/PIA- Isabela)

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