By Jennifer C. Tilos
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) under the Department of Transport and Communications (DOTC) has allocated over P140 million to fast track the improvement of the Dumaguete airport located in Sibulan town.
In a tourism convergence forum on Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic Development (LGSP-LED), CAAP head Elmer Ablir reported that projects in the pipeline include the continuation of asphalt overlay of runway and upgrading of runway shoulder which cost P130 million, improvement of drainage system worth P10 million which have been allotted last year.
While for 2015, some P3 million is set for the rehabilitation of fire station building in the airport.
With this development, tourism stakeholders in Negros Oriental were pleased to know of the airport improvement which would also be a great boost to local tourism industry.
However, the CAAP official expressed concern on the aircraft or passengers’ safety due to some trees near the airport which cause obstruction of aircrafts’ final approach.
Ablir said the residential-owner of some fruit trees refused CAAP’s request to cut some four trees which pose danger to the aircraft passengers.
While the province is intensifying its tourism development and attract investments, the CAAP official raised the issue to local officials to address the issue before an accident happens.
Meanwhile, the Canadian government has extended funding assistance worth P5.1 million under the (LGSP-LED) to improve the business climate of the local tourism industry of Negros Oriental.
Through this project, the LGUs are provided with technical advice and training on how to improve their business environment to be more competitive, attractive to investments, and conducive to job creation.
In his message, Gov. Roel Degamo encouraged participants to work together to ensure that Tourism Circuit Development Plan will be achieved as he noted that tourism traffic in the city as well as in the province is increasing.
The governor cited that Dumaguete and Negros Oriental as among the top seven places to retire worldwide and an expatriate-friendly destination. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This Article was originally published at PIA website on January 27, 2015 )