RDC appeals anew for Loakan airport upgrade-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
THE Regional Development Council (RDC) recently appealed before top officials of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for the modernization of the Loakan airport.
In a resolution passed last Thursday, the RDC adopted the study on Advancing the Baguio Airport Program while also appealing to Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and CAAP director general William Hotchkiss to support the full rehabilitation and modernization of the airport facilities.
"The Baguio Airport could not attract commercial air carriers with higher seating capacity due to poor visibility conditions, inadequate navigating and landing system, traffic safety and short runway," the resolution stated.
There is a need to upgrade the airport from visual flight rules to instrument flight rules in order to improve traffic safety and expand airfield utilization even at zero and night visibility conditions, the resolution stated.
The airport modernization study was completed by the RDC in 2013 with the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) providing technical assistance concerning the technical and economic features of the advancement of the project.
RDC Infrastructure Committee co-chairman Engr. Tony Caluza, in presenting the resolution to the RDC, said the study is in line with the RDC's thrusts on physical integration as spelled out in the Regional Development Plan for 2011 to 2016.
In a press statement, Neda said the study will serve as a reference for the advocacy in maintaining and developing the Baguio Airport.
Neda stressed the maintenance and rehabilitation of the airport is significant notwithstanding the fact the airport served as only access to the city during the July 1990 earthquake, which damaged and closed all entry points to the city.
The study conducted by RDC will also serve as guide for planning the improvement of the airport.
RDC also urged Baguio Representative Nicasio Aliping to champion the advancement of the project.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 18, 2013.