PGMA bares plans to modernize GenSan International Airport

June 12, 2009 12:06 pm 

KORONADAL CITY, June 12 – To develop and promote Central Mindanao’s tourism potentials, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo bared here today plans to modernize the General Santos City International Airport in South Cotabato.

“Investing in our country’s infrastructure is one of the top priorities of our economic reform agenda,” the President said in her Independence Day message delivered at the Rizal Park here.

She said the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has allotted P30 million for further enhancement of the General Santos City International Airport. The project, which includes the rehabilitation and further improvement of the airport’s existing terminal building facilities, will be awarded within 30 days.

“These enhancements will support efforts to grow this SoCSKSarGen area as a major destination in our country,” the President said.

SoCSKSarGen is a sub-region of Central Mindanao covering South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and General Santos City.

The DOTC said the P30-million fund will be for the expansion of the pre-departure and arrival areas. The amount is apart from the P10 million allotted last year for the construction of the airport’s perimeter fence.

For 2010, DOTC officials added P81 million will be allotted for the provision and rehabilitation of air navigation and air traffic control facilities, improvement of the control tower and fire station buildings, and the construction of an administrative building.

The Air Transportation Office has classified the General Santos International Airport as a secondary international airport.

Despite the present global economic meltdown, tourism has remained strong and a major pillar of the country’s economy and continues to generate jobs and livelihood opportunities.

Central Mindanao boasts of many attractive eco-tourism destinations. Among these are the Napol Hills, a site ideal for camping and hiking; the Kalaia Conel, a rock-climbing site, and the Olimpog Trail for mountain bikers.

For those who love caves, the Saikak, Masiag and Lemslolon Sol Cofnit caves are must-see sites to visit and explore.

The region also has scenic and beautiful waterfalls, lakes like the Lake Sebu, Lake Maughan, Domolok Lake and Lake Buluan, among others. (PNA) LAP/OPS/utb

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