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PGMA to inaugurate upgraded Busuanga airport

Busuanga, Palawan (17 November) -- In keeping with her State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) commitment of linking the various parts of the country through an efficient network of roads, ports and airports to spur economic growth in the countryside, President Gloria Macapapagal-Arroyo will inaugurate in Palawan today the newly rehabilitated Busuanga airport.

The President had announced the upgrading of the Busuanga Airport facilities as part of her administration's priority projects in her 2006 SONA after noting the huge economic potential of the airport to Palawan's economic tourism programs.

The Busuanga airport serves as a jump-off point to the nearby Calamian Group of Islands and the rest of Palawan, considered as two of the country's major tourist destinations.

The upgrading of the airport will directly benefit the citizens of the main Busuanga Island towns of Coron and Busuanga, including the island municipalities of Culion, Linapacan, Magsaysay and Agutaya which have a total population of more than 120,000.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) put up $3 million for the project, while the local counterpart was P60 million.

The airport upgrading project involves the concreting of the remaining macadam runway, rehabilitation of the existing runway, provision of stop way, expansion/concreting of the apron, construction of a new passenger terminal, renovation of existing passenger terminal, completion of the administration building, improvement of fire fighting building;

Construction of new parking area, improvement of drainage system, rehabilitation of perimeter fence, provision of fire-fighting and rescue vehicles, and training of Philippine personnel on airport planning and design.

Aside from these improvements, the upgrading jobs will also enhance the safety of aircraft operation in accordance with international civil aviation standards and recommended practices.

Expected to join the President for the inaugural program are Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes, Palawan 1st District Rep. Antonio Alvarez, Palawan 2nd District Rep. Baham Mitra, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes and Korean Ambassador Choi Joong Kyung. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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