BORONGAN CITY – To enhance the travel experience to and from this city, a new departure terminal opened to meet the demands of its increasing passenger numbers and foster economic growth on Monday, June 19, in Brgy. Punta Maria here.

City Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda said the development is a result of their collective desire for the airport that is now coming to fruition.

“Our next assignment is to develop a good seaport to encourage shipping vessels to dock in Borongan to finally complete the chain of our food security in the region and this flight would pave the way for economic development and prosperity,” he shared.

He also assured local businesses of the city government’s support.

“We need to seize this opportunity, especially our businessmen. Please do not allow that one day, you will be overtaken by investors from outside the province,” he said.

Ruperto Ambil II, Borongan City Flight Operations Chairman and City Information Officer, reported that in six months, they have catered to 2,118 inbound passengers, and 1,904 outbound passengers.

He shared that said the total of 4,022 passenger movements within six months is higher than Siargao’s first three years of having flights with only 1,126 passenger movements.

“We adopt best practices in other areas and improve on it,” he shared, citing that they have had a total of 86 flights from December last year to May 2023 despite the unpredictable weather conditions.

Borongan to Cebu flights depart every Monday and Friday at 12:30 through an 86-seater aircraft. Philippine Airlines flight started on December 19, 2022.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and the Borongan City Government recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to develop and maintain the said airport.The development projects include the construction of a new passenger terminal building. By Marie Tonette Marticio (EV Mail June 19-25, 2023 issue)