News that the planned expansion of Caticlan Airport which will cover 2 barangays of Nabas has elated residents of this municipality, which is adjacent to Caticlan, Malay, Aklan.
Caticlan, Malay is a jump-off point to Boracay Island.
According to Jessica Ignacio, Nabas Information Officer, 75% of the land to be used in the expansion will be in Nabas.
The land requirement, according to Ignacio, will be provided by two Nabas barangays, Union and Rizal.
People from the San Miguel Corporation have started conducting coordination with the local government of Nabas for the airport expansion.
San Miguel’s, subsidiary, TransAire Holdings Corporation currently operates the Caticlan Airport.
Besides a two-storey one of a kind terminal planned to be built in Nabas, SMC is also planning to build a boulevard along the coastline of Nabas, Ignacio said.
This development in Nabas is seen to spur the economic growth of the municipality, and provide employment to its residents.
Once operational, the SMC assured LGU-Nabas, headed by Mayor Romeo Dalisay, that their residents will be prioritized for employment.
Workers needed, as revealed by the SMC, will be Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) graduates, food and beverage staff, accountants, company nurses, computer operators, etc.
The SMC also assured the local government unit that all environmental issues and concerns will also be considered in the expansion plan.
Just recently, President Benigno S. Aquino inaugurated the new terminal of the Caticlan Airport.
It also served as his first visit to Aklan since being elected President. (JCM/VGV PIA 6 Aklan)