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Thursday, April 25, 2024

New homes for Kalibo families due to airport

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TRANSPORT and aviation officials on Friday led the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) resettlement project to address the housing needs of families affected by development programs at the airport.

The project initiated by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) was made possible in partnership with the local government units of the Province of Aklan and the Municipality of Kalibo.

DOTr Secretary Jaime Bautista said the resettlement project encompasses the essential land development and construction of housing units for the displaced families.

He said a total of 180 modern housing units will be built on fully developed lots within the timeline of 450 days, emphasizing the commitment of the involved government units to provide prompt assistance and support to those affected.

The project brings together a collaborative effort from various government agencies.

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In attendance during the groundbreaking ceremony were officials and representatives from the DOTr, the CAAP, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the National Housing Authority, and the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development.

The local government units of Aklan and Kalibo were also actively involved in the planning and implementation of this critical initiative.

In addition to the KIA project, another noteworthy environmental effort was undertaken by Region VI.

Earlier in the day, Iloilo Province Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr., led the inauguration of the Iloilo Airport Gateway Greening Project. This environmentally conscious project involves the planting of flowering trees along the 19-kilometer highway stretching from the Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan area to the Benigno Aquino Avenue or Diversion road in Iloilo City.

The project aims to enhance the scenic beauty of the area while promoting a greener and more sustainable environment.

Bautista said both projects signify the unwavering commitment of the government and its partners to progress and social responsibility.

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