THE Zamboanga City Government met on Thursday, November 10, with potential investors and discussed the salient points of the proposed transfer of the Zamboanga International Airport (ZIA).

City Hall Information Officer Belen Sheila Covarrubias said that local government officials led by Councilor Benjamin Guingona, IV and City Administrator Angelique Go have presented to the members of the Robinsons Land team the Planned Cities Extension (PCE) project, with emphasis on the transfer of the airport and the development and progress it is expected to open up in the city.

Covarrubias said the PCE is a 25-year plan to be implemented in the east coast area covering approximately 868 hectare of land in the Mercedes district.

Under the plan, the area will be the site for the development of a new town which will be an integral part of the larger built up area of the city.

The PCE plan is to develop the periphery of the proposed new ZIA a mixed use planned city extension, similar to an aeropark or aeropolis.

It is considered to respond to the development need of the city for planned growth center that will attract investments beyond the usual central business district location.

Prior to the meeting, the Robinsons Land team called on City Caretaker and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde at the office of the mayor where initial issues related to business activities were discussed.

The airport transfer is an approximately P10 billion undertaking and is identified as one of the high-impact development projects in the region.