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Encyclopedia > Legazpi City International Airport

Legazpi City International Airport is a planned international airport that would serve Legazpi City, the capital of Albay and the regional center of Bicol Region, in the Philippines. Although the airport will serve Legazpi City, it will actually be built in the town of Daraga. The airport would be 15 kilometers away from the Mayon Volcano. Some sources also name the airport Southern Luzon International Airport. The airport would replace the old Legazpi Airport, which is only 2 to 3 kilometers away from this airport. Legazpi City is a first class city in the province of Albay, Philippines. ... Albay P is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region in Luzon. ... Bicol Region or Bicolandia is one of the 16 regions of the Philippines occupying the Bicol Peninsula at the southeastern end of Luzon island and some other islands. ... Daraga is a 1st class municipality in the province of Albay, Philippines. ... Mayon Volcano is a volcano in the Philippines. ... Legazpi Airport (IATA airport code: LGP, ICAO airport code: RPLP) in the Philippines is a major airport in the Bicol Region, serving the vicinity of Legazpi City in Albay. ...


The office of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has released a total of 1.2 billion pesos for the project, although no figures were disclosed on how much the airport would actually cost. The young Gloria Macapagal (far right) and her family; when this picture was taken, her father Diosdado was the President of the Philippines. ... The Philippine peso (Filipino: piso) is the official currency of the Philippines. ...


Background

The airport was in planning since early 2006, when officials discussed the feasibility of an international airport in Legazpi. During March 4 and 5, 2006, officials in Daraga, where the airport would be constructed, discussed with the barangay capitains of barangays Alobo, Inarado, Kinawitan, Burgos and Mabini over the conversion of agricultural lands into industrial lands for the use of the airport. The airport is estimated to occupy at least some 2 square kilometres of land and many families could be displaced from the airport's construction. March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A barangay (Tagalog: baranggay , pronounced as ba-rang-gai, gai as in guy), also known by its former name, the barrio, is the smallest local government unit in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. ...


No timeline has been given on when construction would begin or when the airport would be completed. However, it is believed that this airport would be the first international airport to be built in Bicolandia, and according to Daraga mayor Gerry Jaucian, would be a testament to economic growth in the region and of the dreams of Bicolanos, as shown in the following excerpt from the Manila Times: Bicol Region or Bicolandia is one of the 16 regions of the Philippines occupying the Bicol Peninsula at the southeastern end of Luzon island and some other islands. ... The Bicolanos are the fifth largest Filipino ethnic group. ... The Manila Times is the oldest newspaper in the Philippines that is still published. ...

"We’re grateful to the President for fulfilling the Bicolanos’ dream to have an international airport. This is the realization of our quest to become one of the booming regions in the country."

See also

Legazpi Airport (IATA airport code: LGP, ICAO airport code: RPLP) in the Philippines is a major airport in the Bicol Region, serving the vicinity of Legazpi City in Albay. ...

References

  1. Talks to construct airport under way, Manila Times, March 7, 2006

 
 

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