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Baguio City Council urges Task Force Skyline to fix Loakan Airport issues



Baguio City, Philippines – The City Council urged the Task Force Skyline to resolve issues raised by the stakeholders with the reopening of Loakan Airport to commercial flights.


After declaring ‘all systems go for the regular flights,’ the Baguio-Cebu trip officially started on December 16, 2022. However, there seem to be unresolved issues on the part of the residents near the area.


Barangay officials along with the purok leaders of Loakan Liwanag, Loakan Proper, Loakan, Apugan, and Atok Trail earlier voiced their appeal for the resolution of various concerns that including passage of people on the runway, alleged demolition of structures that had been identified to be obstructions, access roads, and others.

Created through Resolution No. 625, series of 2022, Task Force Skyline was tasked to address such issues and concerns of the stakeholders. The task force is composed of the barangay councils, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group, private and public transport groups, and other volunteers.


In its Resolution No. 624, the council called the attention of the City Engineering Office in coordination with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the surrounding barangays to propose an alternate or additional transport route within the area


The office was given 15 days to submit a report before the august body.


To recall, Mayor Benjamin Magalong earlier told the press that Baguio is now working with DPWH on their plan ‘to build a passageway at the end of Loakan Airport.’


“That is now the permanent solution… It will entail so much cost because we have to expropriate, may mga private properties pala dun sa lugar na yun. It’s not only purely PEZA property but private property kaya maghahanap uli tayo ng additional na funding,” he said.

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