Cabatuan Airport included in Government's Open Sky policy
Iloilo governor urges all sectors to help attract investors
PIA Press Release Thursday, April 21, 2011

Iloilo governor urges all sectors to help attract investors

By TWVillavert

ILOILO CITY, April 21 (PIA)--- Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. said that there is a need for everyone to act together in addressing the immediate concerns for the city and province of Iloilo in order to attract more investors.

This was the gist of the message of Governor Defensor when interviewed by a local radio station asking for his comment on the government’s open sky policy, and the report that Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan, is included in the said policy.

Governor Defensor said that while it would provide opportunity to be connected to international and local markets and bring tourists and investors but asks “are we ready”?

What the governor meant was that the needed facilities that could help address the amenities of our guests, investors and tourists should be in place.

“We still lack five star hotels, even sufficient potable water to mention a few,” Governor said.

Defensor said that “it is a business decision” and this would depend on the business situation of the city and province of Iloilo.

“We cannot just invite investors to build a five star hotel if they do not find it feasible and sustainable” Defensor said.

Defensor hopes that the city and the province of Iloilo with the help of the national government could work together and find ways to address these concerns.

Meanwhile, Malacanang allayed fears of the local airliners opposing the issuance of executive orders that pave the way for a liberalized aviation industry in the country saying the policy benefits the economy as a whole.

The Malacanang press report disclosed that President Benigno S. Aquino III issued last month EO 28 that reorganized the Philippine air negotiating panel as well as EO 29 that authorized the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Philippine Air Panels to pursue a more aggressively liberalization policy.

The President said there’s a need to spur competition in the country’s aviation industry by encouraging more carriers to fly to the Philippines for the greater benefit of the travelers, the Malacanang press report disclosed.(JCM/TWV/PIA6-Iloilo)

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