Aklan province bids farewell to PGMA on Thursday

June 23, 2010 10:21 pm 

KALIBO, Aklan, June 23 -– The province of Aklan is coming up with a farewell bid of thanksgiving and gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on her anticipated arrival here June 28, considered to be her last presidential visit in the province.

Congressman Florencio Miraflores, during the 'soft' opening of the new two-storey Kalibo International Airport (KIA) terminal, said that he received an information from Malacanang that Mrs. Arroyo will be granting the long request of the province to personally inaugurate the airport.

Miraflores said that the province will host another opening ceremony for the arrival of Mrs. Arroyo on Monday.

According to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), the expansion of the airport has a total budget of P665.570 million. Project covers the construction of the terminal building, extension of runway, access roads, improvement of old and new terminal building, construction of elevated runway and vehicular parking area, asphalt overlay of runway, extension of apron and construction of drainage canal, expansion of terminal building, rehabilitation and repair of old passenger terminal building.

"Mrs. Arroyo had bypassed the earlier national policy that Iloilo in Panay Island should alone be considered for international airport. Because of our requests, she approved the idea of establishing an airport of international standard for Kalibo and the province of Aklan should be thankful for her," said Miraflores.

DOTC Undersecretary Doroteo Reyes, for his part, said that the KIA is the fourth international airport project that Mrs. Arroyo had completed in her stint as president.

"We expect to open three more airports of international standards this year. They are in Legazpi City, Bohol and Cagayan De Oro. For the record of Mrs. Arroyo's governance, we have registered more than 40 million passengers on domestic flights and 3 million for international tourists. Indeed, our president had accomplished so much in her term," Reyes said.

Reyes had signed all the necessary documents for the completion of the developing infrastructure in the airport.

The KIA is currently servicing international direct flights from Korea, China and Taiwan. Most of the passengers are bound for Boracay Island. (PNA) DCT/AJP/JNAguirre

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