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DMIA pump-primed as premier gateway in RP

By Jessie R. Valdez

San Fernando City, La Union (12 November) -- In her legacy phase, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has embarked on grand infrastructure projects which include upgrading of ports, tourism facilities, roads and bridges in order to propel the country's economy and move the country towards the league of first world nations.

To achieve and complement this vision, PGMA's target is to develop Subic and Clark as international service and logistics center in Southeast Asia.

Although Clark and Subic have already attracted foreign investors, the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) needs also to be upgraded to improve its capability to operate and handle aircraft movement and further enhances Philippine aerospace.

And, in addition to the improvements made by the government at Clark, recently, PGMA led the groundbreaking of a $100-M commercial aircraft maintenance facility at the Clark Civil Aviation Complex to upgrade the services at the DMIA which is also being pump-primed as a premiere gateway in the country.

After the groundbreaking facility at Clark, PGMA proceeded to Subic Bay and inaugurated the first fuel additives blending plant in Southeast Asia at the Subic Technopark.

Said blending plant was put up by Petron Corp. in partnership with Innospec Ltd. and now serves the fuel additives of customers in the Asia-Pacific region.

With the construction of the facility at Clark and the establishment of the blending plant at Subic, it gives additional foreign revenue in the area that will perk up the economy of the country as well as strengthens the Administration's thrust of reducing environmental pollution that decreases "green house" gas emissions.

Overall, the government is working hard in meeting its 10-point agenda for the benefit of the Filipino people as they give priority in alleviating their plight through job creation, provision of social services, healthcare, quality education, reliable transportation and infrastructure. (PIA La Union) [top]

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