KALIBO, Aklan -  Rep. Florencio Miraflores has introduced a bill renaming one of the country’s busiest airports in honor of a respected and influential Church leader.  

Calling the air facility operated by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) the Jaime Cardinal Sin International Airport, the proposed House Bill No. 6016 seeks to rename the Kalibo International Airport (KIA) in recognition of former Archbishop of Manila’s lifetime contribution and spiritual guidance to the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Sin was born in New Washington, Aklan on August 31, 1928. He was ordained priest in 1954 and in 1974, he served as Archbishop of Manila for nearly three decades.  Sin, who died on June 21, 2005 at age 76, was a leading force in 1986 EDSA peaceful revolution.

Miraflores’ bill was filed with the Committee on Transportation chaired by Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado, before the House of Representatives go on a break for the Holy Week.

Just last year, the 15th Congress passed House Bill No. 4863 declaring every August 31 as special non-working holiday in the province of Aklan to commemorate the birth anniversary of the late prince of Church. The measure was authored by Ang Kasangga partylist Rep. Teodorico Haresco, Jr.

KIA, the premier gateway to the popular tourist spot Boracay Island, caters regional flights from Singapore, Taiwan, China mainland and South Korea.  The ongoing airport development and upgrading of facilities are being implemented to accommodate bigger aircrafts and international travelers.

Meanwhile, the national government through the Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) is allocating P150 million to expand the facilities of the Kalibo International Airport.

by: Boy Ryan Zabal

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