A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the establishment of a 300-hectare Philippine Air Force (PAF) Base in Barangay Catagupan, Balabac town was signed by Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez and LtGen Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr. Commanding General of PAF, Wednesday.
“This is a significant and historic event giving us 300 hectares of precious land in southern Palawan, in a place where we’ll hopefully call later as the Balabac Air Base of the Philippine Air Force,” LtGen Kintanar, Jr. said.
Governor Alvarez said the setting aside of the government property is its contribution to the government’s efforts to secure the West Philippine Sea and the province’s southern border.
“Indeed, this is a big milestone for us, as we impart on securing the future of the West Philippine Sea including our southern borders. Rest assured that we have a government here that is ready anytime,” Alvarez said.
He also expressed hope that the presence of the military base will help spur economic growth in the southern corridor of the province.