Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Last acts (I) -- Cebu, Clark, Iloilo, Bohol

PGMA leaves Cebu with 2 more projects during farewell visit
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CEBU CITY (PND) -- With two days left before she bows out of office on June 30, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will make her last presidential visit to Cebu province on Monday (June 28) to inspect a fishing port project and inaugurate a theme park.

The President will be flying in from Bohol where she also have scheduled projects visits. Upon arrival about Monday noon at Mactan Airport, she will motor to Talisay City for a viewing of the on-going construction of the P136.4 million Macapagal-Gullas Fishing Port project in Tanke,Talisay City.

The fishing port project, widely welcomed here due to the benefits it will bring to the fishing villages, will be completed in August this year.

The fish port is equipped with an ice plant, ice storage, administration building and public toilet.

The President will then proceed to the Cebu International Convention Center to administer the oath of office of Cebu 6th district Rep. Luigi Quisumbing, 4th district Rep. Benhur Salimbangon, 3rd district Rep. Pablo John Garcia, 2nd district Rep. Pablo Garcia and winning re-electionist Gov. Gwen Garcia.

Her last stop will be the inauguration of the P24.172 million President Diosdado Macapagal Park and Boardwalk in Danao City. The President shall lead in the ribbon cutting and unveil the monument of her late father President Diosdado Macapagal.

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PGMA opens Clark's new P338-M passenger terminal
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CLARK AIR BASE, Pampanga (PND) --- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inaugurated Saturday the new expanded passenger terminal of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport here that will increase passenger handling capacity to an additional 600,000 a year.

Costing P338 million, the expanded passenger terminal contains two passenger boarding bridges, two escalators, two elevators, concession areas, two VIP lounge areas, X-ray walk thru machine, flight information display system (FIDS), closed circuit television, background and music/public address system, centralized airconditioning system and building maintenance system, said Alex Cauguiran, DMIA Executive Vice President..

It sits on 2,790 square meters of land inside the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga, where flights from Asia now make their call. The annual capacity of the DMIA is 2 to 2.7 million passengers.

The expansion of the terminal 1 of DMIA was deemed necessary because of increasing passenger traffic and because a lot of Asian aircraft are looking for aero-bridges instead of the tarmacs, said Caugiran.

From just 20,000 passengers two years ago, visitor arrivals at Clark have increased to about 600,000 and still expected to grow by about 10 percent annually with the Philippines tourism now booming and Clark now becoming a favorite among Asian airlines.

Airplanes landing and taking off from Clark are those from Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Macau and Malaysia. Flight frequencies are: two from Malaysia daily, one Singapore, one in Korea, then we have in Bangkok, Taiwan and Macau. Most of the flights come in daily while others are six times a week.

Since the DMIA operated, it has been able help ease the congestion at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

“Our goal is to make Clark as the premier gateway of the future, complimentary with NAIA,” Cauguiran said.

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PGMA opens P147-M Iloilo bridge
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CABATUAN, Iloilo (PND) – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will inaugurate the newly rehabilitated Tigum Bridge here when she visits the province tomorrow (Monday) morning.

The President will lead marker unveiling and ceremonial drive-thru formally opening the bridge to vehicular traffic after a project briefing by Public Works Secretary Victor Domingo.

The Tigum Bridge, which serves as a vital link connecting the central towns of Iloilo to the city proper and which also serves an alternate route to the provinces of Capiz and Aklan, was destroyed when Typhoon Frank pummeled the Visayas region in 2008.

Rebuilt and rehabilitated at a cost of P147.65-million, the new Tigum Bridge now consists of six spans of 170-linear meters long pre-stressed concrete girders on bored pile foundation with new approaches.

Joining the President for the project inaugural will be Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, Sr., Iloilo 3rd Dist. Rep. Arthur Defensor, 1st Dist. Rep. Janette Garin, 2nd Dist. Rep. Judy Syjuco, 4th Dist. Rep. Ferj Biron, Cabatuan Mayor Ramon Yee, Tabucan Barangay Chair Nelson Arcos, Banguit Barangay Chair Gary Bibanco, and DPWH 6 Regional Director Rolando Asis.

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PGMA bids Bohol goodbye with P368-M RORO port
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Ubay, Bohol (PND) --- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will inaugurate tomorrow (June 28) the P368-million Ubay port here which will connect the province of Bohol with the three islands of the country by land, sea and air.

The Ubay port falls under the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) program.

Complementing the existing sea port and airport in Tagbilaran City, the new port serves as Bohol’s gateway to Cebu, Leyte and Samar in the Visayas onwards to Luzon via the Matnog, Sorsogon land route and to Mindanao via Southern Leyte and Lipata, Surigao del Norte.

Port Ubay is seen here as the province’s link to the 3 major islands of the archipelago.

Phase I of the project is the back-up area, R.C. Pier. RORO Ramp, dredging and disposal work, mooring and fendering system and port lighting system. The project started on March 20, 2008 and was completed on March 9, 2010.

Phase II is an expansion project contracted at P130.89 million involving the reclamation of a 1 hectare back-up area.

Upon arrival at the inaugural site, the President will unveil the marker of the Ubay port to be followed by welcome remarks by outgoing Gov. Erico Aumentado, a short message by Bohol 2nd District Rep. Roberto Cajes and a project briefing by Philippine Ports Authority District Manager Alex Cruz.

At the Tagbilaran airport, the Chief Executive will be welcomed by Gov. Aumentado; Tagbilaran City Mayor Dan Lim; outgoing 1st Dist Representative Edgar Chatto (also incoming provincial governor); 3rd Dist. Representative Adam Relson Jala; Presidential Adviser for Visayas Felix Guanzon; COMCENTCOM Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva; PNP 7 RD C/Supt. Lani-o Nerez; and Tagbilaran City OIC Airport Manager Edgar Solis. At the inaugural site, she will be met by 2nd District Rep. Cajes, Ubay Mayor Eutiquio Bernales, Philippine Ports Authority District Manager Alex Cruz and Ubay Port Terminal Supervisor Rodrigo Ampo.

Aumentado will take his oath before the President as the new representative of 2nd congressional district of Bohol and Arthur Yap, former Agriculture Secretary and now the 3rd congressional district representative.

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