TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines– The pilgrimage town of Piat may soon open its doors to the world as Cagayan’s Governor Manuel Mamba disclosed it will be the site of an international airport in the coming years.
Mamba said members of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) on Friday, June 16, conducted an occular inspection on the proposed site of an intenational airport along Barangay Warat in Amulung town and Barangays Villarey and Sto. Domingo in Piat town.
He said the airport, following an international standard, will occupy 300 hectares area.
Mamba said the choice of Piat as a possible area for the international airport is because of its vast tracks of land, particularly the Villacete Estate.
“That will come but there are good plans for Tuguegarao Airport,” he said.
The Governor claimed the Tuguegarao Domestic Airport cannot handle international flights because of its limited 47 hectares area, but pending the plan for the international airport on the drawing board, Tuguegarao airport will soon be fully lighted at night to temporarily handle evening flights.
Mamba downplayed the role of the Lal-lo Airport saying ‘it is privately-owned.” The airport which, according to the local media ‘is gathering dust,’ has been touted by Cagayan Economic Zone Authority as an international airport but it has yet to open to air traffic.
Earlier, the agency has been plugging its supposedly opening to commercial flights, year in and year out, for the past years but has never been materialized as of press time.
The Governor said Congress never endorsed the airport in Lal-lo as an international airport.
Meanwhile, Claveria is also seen as an international seaport after the supposedly international seaport in Port Irene, Sta. Ana failed to fulfill what it promised to Cagayanos. The plan, Mamba added, has been encouraged by no less than Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transportation.
Mamba faced the local media this morning for a press conference to drum beat the activities of the 434th founding anniversary of the civil government in the province. Benjie De Yro /Northernforum.net
? Paul Lopez, Cagayan-PIO