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DOTC to push for cable car system to connect Baguio and La Union

by Lito Dar

Baguio City (13 February) -- The Department of Transportation and Communication will push for a cable car transport system similar to that being used in some countries in Europe, as an alternative means of transportation which will connect Baguio City to La Union.

This was bared by DOTC Undersecretary for Railways Guiling Mamondiong, during the DOTC's Ulat sa Bayan held at the Pines View Hotel Saturday.

According to Mamondiong, they will make a proposal to the President through DOTC Secretary Leandro Mendoza for a feasibility study on constructing a cable car system connecting Baguio to La Union. "We will make sure that the funds for this purpose will be appropriated, before President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ends her term, as this project may serve as a legacy of the President to the Cordillera region," Mamondiong said.

In the said Ulat, the DOTC also reported that the present administration has been pushing for programs that will ease the transportation going to Baguio in order to help boost the tourism industry of the region.

DOTC-CAR Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) regional head Ronald Estabillo also reported that the DOTC has spent P39.437 Million for the improvement of the Loakan airport, which included construction of access roads, improvement of terminal infrastructure facilities and equipments.

Estabillo also announced that they have received a letter of intent from an airline company which is considering flying in a 19-seater commercial plane into the city. "Hopefully this will materialize," he said.

Though there is no commercial flight that is presently plying into the Loakan airport, the CAAP declared the airport as open to all flights. The Loakan airport has also proven its worth, when it served as a very important access point for clearing, search and rescue operations, delivery of food and supply assistance and rehabilitation operations when typhoon Pepeng devastated the region late last year. (PIA) [top]

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