PGMA to land at new Iloilo Airport

PIA Press Release 2007/06/12

PGMA to land at new Iloilo Airport

Iloilo City (12 June) -- The municipalities of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan, Iloilo will experience another historic moment when the airplane carrying President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo lands at the New Iloilo Airport of international standard today.

The occasion marks the inauguration of the P8.759 billion Iloilo Airport Development Project which is expected to boost economic activity and tourism in the island of Panay.

The new Iloilo airport is a modern 188-hectare complex designed to handle 1.2 million passengers and 11, 500 tons of cargoes per year and can accommodate aircraft as big as Airbus 330 with a seating capacity of 276.

It is also described as comparatively the best and the earliest ever constructed outside of Metro Manila.

Expected to assist the President during the inauguration are Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Ryuichiro Yamazaki, Transportation and Communication Secretary Leandro Mendoza and other national and local officials.

In a press briefing, PIA Assistant Director General for Visayas Atty. Janet Mesa said after the inauguration of the new Iloilo airport, the President is scheduled to proceed to the province of Guimaras.

In Guimaras, the President is expected to witness the turn - over of Petron Library Hub established in Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan.

The Library Hub is part of Petronís commitment to rehabilitate the province of Guimaras as well as to improve the lives of the residents which was affected by the MT Solar I oil spill.

On the other hand, some P3 million Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran (SEA-K) seed capital will be turned over by President Arroyo to identified beneficiaries in the island province. The SEA-K project is being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Petron Foundation.

There will also be a presentation to the President of a Memorandum of Agreement between the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and Petron Foundation for a Mariculture Livelihood Model Farm in Brgy. Igang, Nueva Valencia. The establishment of a mariculture farm is a part of the long-term rehabilitation efforts for the province of Guimaras. (PIA)

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