President Aquino wants to develop Bantayan airport – Gov. Davide

July 4, 2014 3:00 am 

CEBU CITY, July 3 — President Benigno C. Aquino III is interested in developing the Santa Fe Airport in Bantayan Island off the northernmost tip of Cebu mainland, Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III said.

Davide said the matter was discussed Tuesday during the meeting of the members of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) Board in Manila.

Davide said he also made a motion asking the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to include in their study the development of San Francisco Airport in Camotes Island.

Mr. Aquino earlier declared to make Bantayan Island a tourism center in the country.

He made his first visit to the island on February 25, in time of the celebration of the EDSA People Power Revolution, to personally assess the damages left by super typhoon Yolanda.

Among the components President Aquino cited to improve tourism in Bantayan Island is the development of the existing airport and seaport in the town of Santa Fe.

He said these have to be studied in order to come up with a plan.

Santa Fe Mayor Jose Esgana said he is hopeful the proposed airport in his town will be realized before the President steps down from Malacañang in 2016.

The Santa Fe airstrip, funded by the provincial government during the term of then governor Emilio “Lito” Osmeña, was inaugurated in 1990 with the landing of a 12-seater private plane.

More than two decades later, the airstrip is still made of limestone and only chartered flights land there.

Esgana said having an airport in Bantayan Island would be economically advantageous and will boost tourism and trade in the island.(PNA)

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