Construction of Philippine Air Force base in Palawan to start in 2019

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Manila, Philippines - The proposed Philippine Air Force (PAF) base in Balabac, southern Palawan, is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of 2019, a local government official said here Thursday afternoon.

The legal officer of Palawan’s provincial government, Atty. Teodoro Jose Matta said in an “Air Power Forum” that the groundwork for the new 300-hectare air base can start since land clearing is almost complete.

The first ever forum in Palawan was led by the PAF’s Tactical Operations Wing West (TOWW) to disseminate to the public how Palawan’s security and safety is being maintained using the air assets.

Matta also said that the area being cleared in Barangay Catagupan, mainland Balabac, is for the base’s three-kilometre runway and four-kilometre

“At the moment we are already conducting ground-clearing. The target is that by first quarter of 2019, the area should have been cleared of obstructions and secured,” the legal officer said

Matta noted that the site’s possession and management has already been turned over to PAF.  It was purchased by Palawan’s provincial government for the said purpose.

Among those present in the forum were Lt. Gen. Rozzano D. Briguez AFP, Commander of WESCOM; Maj. Gen. Restituto F. Padilla Jr., AFP, deputy chief of staff for Plans J-5; and Maj. Gen. Jose Tanjuan Jr., who represented Kintanar.

In July 2018, Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez signed a memorandum of agreement with PAF commanding General Lt. General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr., for the establishment of the base that would maintain and take care of security in the southern border.

Source: PNA

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