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P200M set for Borongan Airport

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THE PHILIPPINE government has allocated P200 million to upgrade the aviation infrastructure of Eastern Samar’s Borongan Airport, a congressman said on Tuesday.

“The airport’s improvement will facilitate the transfer of people and goods, and help bring in more tourists,” Party-List Rep. Marcelino C. Libanan said in a statement. “Our goal is to increase the airport’s capacity to accommodate more commercial flights.”

The government earlier started a 200-meter extension of the airport’s 1.3-kilometer runway. Last year, the flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) started Cebu to Borongan flights that would operate twice a week to make it easier for travelers to get to Borongan.

Mr. Libanan, who used to be the lone congressional representative of Eastern Samar, said upgrading the airport would be a step closer to making Borongan the surfing capital of Visayas.

Borongan City earlier hosted the Surf City Borongan Masters, which had over 150 participating surfers from across the Philippines.

“We look forward to other airlines operating flights in and out of Borongan,” the congressman said. — John Victor D. Ordoñez

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