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Palawan Gov. Alvarez, PH Air Force sign MOA on air base construction in Balabac town

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Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Philippine Air Force on the establishment of an air base in Balabac town.

The PAF was represented by Lieutenant General Galileo Gerard R. Kintanar Jr., AFP, Commanding General during the MOA signing.

Gen. Kintanar, Jr. said that the event was “a very significant and historic event giving us a very evaluative 300 hectares of precious land in southern Palawan, in a place where we’ll hopefully call later on as the Balabac Air Base of the Philippine Air Force.”

Alvarez, meanwhile said that the agreement was a “big milestone” for the province in securing the future of the West Philippine Sea, including the country’s southern borders.

“The Provincial Government is always ready to do whatever its part, para po mapangalagaan natin ang unsinkable battle ship which is Palawan. Rest assured that we have a government here that is ready anytime for the cooperation,” the governor said.

To recall, the Palawan provincial board passed Resolution No. 13644 series of 2018, allowing Governor Alvarez to sign an agreement with the Philippine Air Force for the construction of an air base.

“Prayoridad ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ang patuloy na pagpapalakas sa seguridad ng lalawigan laban sa mga posibilidad ng paglaganap ng ipinagbabawal na gamot, human trafficking, kontrabando at banta ng terorista,” the province said.

Present during signing were Vice Gov. Dennis M. Socrates, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Teodoro Jose S. Matta, Provincial Information Officer Atty. Gil A. Acosta Jr. and other Philippine Air Force officials.

“We hope that again our closer coordination, in your support we are going to develop Balabac the way it is envisioned to be, that in the few years time there will be some movement in terms of physical development,” said Gen. Kintanar, Jr. AFP.