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Palawan Governor Alvarez leads Busuanga Airport Development Project groundbreaking ceremony

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Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez has spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony of the Busuanga Airport Development Project.

The groundbreaking of the project, also known as the Francisco B. Reyes Airport, was held last March 12.

Also present during the event were Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Capt. Jim Sydiongco as well as 1st District Congressman Franz Josef Alvarez.

Representatives from local governments of Busuanga, Culion, and Linapacan were in attendance.

“Ang proyekto ay may kabuoang pondo na humigit-kumulang P5 Bilyon kung saan nauna nang iginawad ang P953.40 Milyon ngayong taon na nakalaan para sa konstruksyon ng runway embankment at re-orientation ng runway na kayang mag-accommodate ng mas malalaking mga sasakyang panghimpapawid, pagbili ng mga bagong pasilidad, consultancy services, perimeter fence at site development. Doble rin ang haba ng bagong runway na aabot sa 2.5 kilometro sa kabuoang 300 ektaryang lupain,” the province said.

Gov. Alvarez said in his speech that they expect influx of tourists with the new airport project.

“I’m very confident na dahil sa maayos na paliparan, hindi lang isang milyong turista kada taon ang pupunta rito,” the governor said.

Based on the data from CAAP, there were 321,595 tourists who landed in Busuanga Airport in 2016. In 2017, it increased to 525,044.

“Sa nakalipas na taong 2018 ay umabot na ito sa 676,823 na katumbas ng isang daang porsyentong pagtaas ng mga dumarating na turista,” said the Capitol.