Local execs of Nabas, Malay excited over airport upgrade

January 15, 2010 10:50 pm 

CATICLAN, Aklan, Jan. 15 — The mayors of Nabas and Malay in Aklan province are excited over the upgrading of the Caticlan Airport which, they said, will substantially boost the incomes and economies of their towns.

Nabas Mayor Romeo Dalisay and Malay Mayor Ceciron Cawaling could only thank President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for being the only president who showed keen interest in improving their economies through tourism, capitalizing on the inroads already achieved by Boracay, known globally for its white sands.

“Aside from beaches, we have a lot of things to offer our tourists. We have eco-tourism spots like caves, cold springs, long winding coastlines, the hospitable people and our cottage industries whose products are now being sold to the Boracay tiangge because our tourists here are hardly enough to sustain our economies,” said Dalisay.

“Even with the operation of the Caticlan airport, which can only accommodate the small planes of Seair and Air Philippines, we still need to attract investments in our respective areas, particularly for hospitality industry businesses (lodgings, inns and outdoor sports businesses),” Cawaling said.

“This improvement of the Caticlan airport will definitely boost our economies because it will create a lot of jobs, attract investments into our towns, and force us to deliver world-class services,” Dalisay said.

Even George Yang, a major investor in modernizing the airport, said “so much investments are needed to boost these towns and make them grow as fast as Boracay.”

Yang said he plans to put up a chain of McDonald’s in the entire province, aside from beefing up his logistics operations and branching into more hotels and resorts.

“There is so much room for growth in this province and I am so excited that our investments in the airport will produce a strong positive impact on the lives of the people here and for the local officials of these town,” Yang said. (PNA) scs/OPS/ssc

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