Sunday, May 18, 2008

GMA Opens WCC's new Airfield in Binalonan

This is the Press Release from

PGMA eyes Binalonan as future investment and dev’t center in North Luzon 
Saturday, February 16, 2008 

BINALONAN, Pangasinan – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo assured residents of this town that she would help them make Binalonan more attractive for investment and development within the North Luzon Agri-Business Quadrangle.

The President made the assurance in her speech at the inauguration this morning of the Binalonan Airfield owned and managed by Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico and family and on the occasion of the annual town fiesta.

But the President was quick to add that before Binalonan could be made more attractive for investment and development, there is a need to improve its airport and seaport.

As a first move, the President ordered the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Air Transportation Office (ATO) to make feasibility studies so that the WCC Aeronautical College and its airfield can qualify to operate a cargo fleet.

She assured the residents that ATO is prepared to give license to WCC or World City College so that their airfield can operate a cargo fleet to transport their agricultural produce to Metro Manila and nearby provinces soon.

As of today, WCC is a registered and licensed flying airfield school only.

The airfield was constructed to complement the operations of the WCC Aeronautical College and Aviation Company. The company operates Motors Flying School, Flight Attendants School and Binalonan Airfield.

To date, the company has a fleet of 26 trainer airplanes engaged in the Southeast Asian aviation business such as charter flights, airport operation, airport handling services, accommodation, aircraft and parts sales, and community outreach, among others.

Destined to become the newest architectural and tourist landmark in Binalonan, the airport of the WCC Aeronautical College is now the home of future pilots and aircraft mechanics from other Asian countries and the Middle East.

WCC now has 176 student pilots from India (100 students), Nepal (26), China (20), Myanmar (10), Malaysia (10), Pakistan (3), Russia (2) and the Philippines (5).

In a parallel move to further help the farmers of Binalonan, the President directed Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap to release the P100 million intended for the construction of downstream irrigation system from San Roque Dam down to the agricultural fields in San Manuel and Binalonan.

She also ordered the DOTC and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to make a separate study to extend the Subic-Tarlac Expressway up to Rosario in La Union province.

In addition, the President ordered Transportation Undersecretary Aneli Lontoc to make another study to extend the operation of the North Luzon Railways from Caloocan City to Malolos City in Bulacan to Dagupan City in Pangasinan.

The President also assigned the DOTC and Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino, League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) president and Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico to draw a master plan and look for the best place for the construction of seaports in the province.

After the inauguration of the airfield, the President inspected its facilities, including its hangar. 

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