Guimaras is now ready to embrace innovations in the province as it will house the next ‘Flying School’ outside Luzon after the tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing between the Provincial Government of Guimaras, the Guimaras State College (GSC) and the Philippine State College of Aeronautics (PhilSCA).
The project aims to boost the province’s agriculture and tourism, provide employment to the people, and contribute to the influx of future investments in the province.
Governor Felipe Hilan Nava said, “The swift development of processing this project is brought about by the speedy response of the parties involved. In fact, we (the people of Guimaras) are so excited for this.”
The aviation school will be situated in San Fernando and Supang, in the municipality of Buenavista along a 1200-meter long runway and 15-meter distance across. The runway strip also measures 1200-meter long and 45-meter wide.
PhilSCA President Dr. Bernard R. Ramirez disclosed that they were setting their eyes to the said area in Guimaras as a potential airport in the future. “Based on our initial inspection, the place, the runway suits to the airport standards,” he added.
However flattered and thankful with the visitor’s positive impression of Guimaras, Nava said Guimaras is still a neophyte in terms of handling aviation processes but is clinching the province of being considered as an alternative port of the Iloilo International Airport.
Nava explained that the establishment of the flight school is very timely for the opening of classes this June.
Dr. Rogelio T. Artajo, President of GSC expressed his gratitude for the opportunity given to the institution to offer a highly distinguished course for aspiring pilots.
The provincial government will sponsor scholarships to the first batch of trainees this coming May.
The project was once just a vision of former Guimaras Congresswoman Emily R. Lopez for Guimaras and is now turning into a reality. IMT