The provincial board has approved Provincial Resolution Nos. 33 and 34 both series 2019 which request Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson to allocate funds for the rehabilitation and upgrading of the Lingayen Airport.
In the Sangguniang Panlalawigan regular session on July 29, Board Member Nestor D. Reyes, the principal author of the two resolutions, has sought the approval of the members of the board and immediately was granted unanimous approval. In the end, the rest of the SP members became co-authors of the twin resolutions.
“One of the main thrusts of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan is the promotion and enhancement of domestic and foreign tourism as well as the development of trade, commerce and industry in the province, ” the resolution noted as it further added: “the Lingayen Airport, classified as a feeder airport, has been originally envisioned to cater to the air transportation needs of the Province of Pangasinan and the nearby provinces.”
As partly stated in the resolution, the Lingayen Airport has not been adequately maintained nor any considerable improvement has been made thereat to modernize the same as compared to existing developed airports of other provinces in the country. Thus, the need to rehabilitate and upgrade the facility is a welcome development to keep abreast with the pace of progress of the province.
“A fully functional Lingayen Airport will not only attract local and foreign tourists and investors but will also serve as a symbol of growth and progress in the Province of Pangasinan, ” the resolution mentioned.
Also, the resolution stressed that in order to realize the rehabilitation and upgrading of the airport it would be imperative that funds for its rehabilitation and upgrading be allocated. In relation to this, Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario suggested that an adhoc committee be created to look into the status or development of the Lingayen Airport.
It can be recalled that Dept. of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade in his visit to Pangasinan last April, has disclosed that national government supports the upgrading of the Lingayen Airport for commercial operations.
Part of the upgrading of the airport is the expansion of its runway. From the existing 1,178.79 meters (1.17 kilometer) runway, it will be expanded to around 1,634.02 (1.63 kilometer) to accommodate commercial flights.
Governor Amado I. Espino III, on the other hand, who then expressed elation, commended the national government’s intention to upgrade the airport as he stressed that once completed, the Lingayen Airport will be a medium to spur employment, tourism and investments in the province.
Ruby R. Bernardino (Photos by Jin Perez)