LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: The provincial government of Pangasinan on Thursday called on the national government to support the province’s efforts to improve its airport and seaport to boost economic activity in the region.
In a press briefing, Rafael Howard Baraan, provincial administrator of Pangasinan, said that at present, the Lingayen Airport and Sual Port are only able to accommodate small traders.
Baraan noted that the province is seeking to open the cited facilities to commercial use and attract potential investors as well as tourists.
He said the provincial government is willing to enter into the public-private partnership scheme of the national government in order to upgrade the Lingayen Airport and Sual Port.
“We would be very open for the management of the facilities under the PPP scheme on construction, operations and maintenance,” he said.
Data from the provincial government showed that the Lingayen Airport Development Project intends to upgrade the existing feeder airport into an international airport.
The project is estimated to cost around P50-million.
Baraan added that the provincial government is willing to expropriate properties for the extension of the airport.
“Just to show how serious we are, we have earmarked P27 million for the purchase of the lot. We are just waiting for the response of the national government for our proposal,” he said.
If upgraded, the Lingayen Airport will be able to handle international tourist arrivals.
“We are enhancing the regulations that will allow the entry of investors. We are trying to find our own way to contribute to the Philippine economy,” Baraan concluded.