DOTC allocates P50-M for Iloilo Airport fence

PIA Press Release 2007/06/19

DOTC allocates P50-M for Iloilo Airport fence

Iloilo City (19 June) -- A week after the inauguration of the new Iloilo airport of international standards, Senator Franklin Drilon said there is a necessity to install a perimeter fence on the access road from the airport.

Drilon who administered the oath-taking of re-elected Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas and other elected officials of the province said in his speech that he noticed the new airport lacks a perimeter fence on the access road from the airport and referred the matter to Department of Transportation and Communications Secretary (DOTC) Leandro Mendoza.

Drilon reported that Mendoza immediately approved a P50 million allocation for the perimeter fence and the lighting on the street going to the airport so that people can enjoy better the airport that we have today.

Drilon was not able to attend the inauguration of the new airport last June 13 but during his speech thanked the President for acknowledging his contribution in the conception and building of the new airport and for pushing the economic agenda of the administration during his term as Senate President.

It can be recalled that President Arroyo in her speech during the airport’s inauguration acknowledged the Senator’s contribution in the realization of the airport and the passage of difficult revenue – generating measures.

With the implementation of the P6.5 billion new Iloilo airport, Drilon said he is gratified to leave this legacy to the people of Iloilo.

“We are all proud of it. A Cabinet Secretary texted me congratulating us for the effort that we have put into in this airport, I myself was surprised how beautiful the airport is”, said Drilon.

Starting last June 14, commercial planes now use the new airport in Cabatuan which is considered as the country’s most modern and beautiful airport today.

As he leaves office on June 30 as Senator of the Republic of the 13th Congress, Drilon assured Ilonggos that in the next three years he will continue to be active “for whatever little influence I will have left I will be here to help”. (PIA)

Cabatuan, Iloilo, Philippines - Timeline 2007