PGMA launches North aeronautical highway
By Danny O Sagun
Binalonan, Pangasinan (19 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo launched the Aeronautical Highway of the North in a ceremony held at the Binalonan Airfield past 12 noon today.
The President, dressed in blue green blouse and pant suit, congratulated Mayor Ramon Guico, Jr. and son, Vice-Mayor Ramon Guico III, for initiating the aeronautical highway project which links the airfield to other airports in the North and even down south to Caticlan.
The Binalonan airfield, inaugurated in 2008, also hosts the first and only pilot flying school and aircraft technicians' training center in Region 1 under the WCC Aviation Company headed by Guico III, a certified pilot.
Also called Sky Pasada, the aeronautical highway will serve Luzon's less-traveled but beautiful places like Binalonan, Laoag in Ilocos Norte, Basco in Batanes, Tuguegarao in Cagayan, Maconacon, Palanan and Cauayan all in Isabela, Guico said. He noted that before people can only reach such places by taking a boat, riding a provincial bus or driving non-stop for five to 12 hours. "But now Sky Pasada flies Filipinos and foreigners to these places at a fast, affordable and comfortable pace," he said.
Guico's firm has 32 training planes and two 19-seater aircrafts.
The President in her speech said that Pangasinan will now become a transport hub in Northern Luzon with people with people and agricultural products easily transported via modern air facilities. The province also boasts of networks of well-paved national highways and provincial roads.
The vice-mayor along with local executives of the towns to be served by the Sky Pasada presented to her a memorandum of understanding for the purpose.
She also lauded the municipal government for putting up the University of Eastern Pangasinan which will have a tie-up with San Beda College.
The Chief Executive, who earlier in the day visited Aurora province, greeted her townmates for their annual town fiesta celebration. She has not failed to visit the hometown of her mother, Dona Eva Macaraeg, for the town fiesta since her days as senator.
She later attended the launching of the Iloko translation of the book "America is in my Heart" by noted Binalonan writer Carlos Bulosan. Former PIA regional head Manuel Diaz translated the book. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]