BORONGAN CITY -The city government here has turned over to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) a passenger terminal building at the city airport it funded in the amount of P10 million.

CAAP director general Manuel Antonio Tamayo noted that this is the first time that a local government funded a development project for an airport.

“This achievement is a pinnacle of cooperation between the national government and the local government demonstrating what we can accomplish when we work together,” he said during the turnover rites.

“Truly by combining our resources we can propel our aviation industry to new heights driving economic growth and connectivity across the country,” Tamayo added.
The inauguration was also graced by Governor Ben Evardone and Japanese Consul General Hideki Yamaji, city, and provincial government officials, officials of the Philippine Army, and private sector members.

Prior to the inauguration, Borongan City and CAAP had inked a memorandum of agreement on June 13 for the city government to fund and undertake various development projects in the airport.

The new departure area has a capacity of 120 passengers, bigger than the old departure area that can only cater to 75 passengers.

Made from a container van, the construction started in March this year and was completed after three months.

The old terminal building will still be used as a passenger arrival terminal area and for cargo.

Since the Borongan City Airport started operating in December 2022, at least 86 inbound and outbound flights had been made by PAL Express, carrying a total of 4, 022 passengers from Manila, Cebu, Borongan City, and its neighboring towns.

The city airport has only two flights a week, every Monday and Friday, from Metro Manila to Cebu then Borongan. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)