There is no stopping the Kabankalan city government in pursuing its airport project, even without the support of the national government.
Mayor Isidro Zayco yesterday said they have allocated P10 million from their 2014 budget to continue the construction of the 105-hectare Kabankalan airport.
Stressing that the Bacolod-Silay Airport funded by the national government was realized after more than 12 years, Zayco said they will do their best for the realization of the Kabankalan airport.
He, however, said the Kabankalan City airport is ready anytime for use by light planes during day time, although it still needs clearance from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
The city government of Kabankalan has already spent P100 to P120 million, of which P30 million was provided by the late Gov. Joseph Marañon, Zayco said.
With the completion of the construction of the airport fences, the city government is now focusing on the concreting of its 1.5-kilometer runaway.
The city has enlisted the help of the Army's 542nd Engineering Construction Battalion in leveling the airport runway, with the help of the provincial government.
The navigational equipment to be used in the airport came from the old Bacolod airport. When finished, the Kabankalan airport will be the second in Negros Occidental, after the Bacolod-Silay International Airport, and the third in Negros island.
Its construction started in 2007. It will initially contain both cargo and passenger terminals, a control tower and loading and navigational systems.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. had said earlier that the Kabankalan domestic airport, once completed, is expected to boost the trade and commerce as well as tourism industry of southern Negros.
Southern Negros, especially Sipalay City, Cauayan and Hinobaan, is known for its diving sites, white sand beaches and crystal clear water.* GPB