LINGAYEN, Pangasinan –The establishment of a commercial airport in Pangasinan, the third-most populous province in the country, may be fulfilled in the next three years.

Outgoing Governor Amado Espino Jr. said he received a letter from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) that indicated the plan to build a 3C-compliant Lingayen Airport from year 2016 to 2019.

Espino noted the provincial government has already allotted its counterpart in the project, which is the purchase of the five-hectare land to expand the existing runway of the Lingayen airport.

The governor revealed that negotiations with the management of the CAAP have been going on since 2010.

Last January 25, the CAAP, through a letter signed by Ret. B/Gen. Rodante Joya, the CAAP chief financial officer, provided an evaluation and recommendations “for the development of Lingayen Airport to be compliant with the requirements of 3C aircraft operations as envisioned by the provincial government of Pangasinan.”

The provincial government of Pangasinan’s Lingayen Airport implementation proposal, forwarded to the CAAP by Engineer Job De Jesus, airport manager of the Lingayen Airport on June 15, 2015, has an implementation period of four years and Php68,560,991.37 total proposed budget.

The CAAP noted that the proposal focused only on runway extension, asphalt overlay of existing runway, construction of perimeter fence, and provision of runway canal.

They then recommended for the inclusion of a layout plan which will present the following: existing airport facilities; proposed development in compliance with the requirements of Manual of Standards for Aerodromes and ICAO; required runway extension; required runway end safety area and 60 meters runway strip; required runway strip width expansion; proposed site acquisition for the runway extension, expansion and for the location of new landside facilities; and access road from national highway going to airport.

Previously, De Jesus submitted a proposed Lingayen Airport Development Plan which has a total budgetary cost of Php386,117,750. The said development plan was presented to the provincial government during a meeting on April 27, 2015.

The CAAP also required for a study on the environmental impact assessment and on obstacle imitation surfaces to determine the extent of the development of said airport.

The development of Lingayen Airport for 3C aircraft operations will cater to turbo-propeller aircraft operations such as ATR72 of Cebu Pacific and Q400 of Pal Express, the CAAP noted.

Meanwhile, Espino said the airport project is one of the big projects- along with the ecotourism zone in Lingayen, shipyard and oil refinery in Sual, and commercial seaport project also in Sual- the provincial government has planned out. PNA/