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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Licuanan named SBMA Chairman; Antonio, Administrator

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced the appointments of Francisco Licuanan III, as new chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), and Alfredo Antonio as SBMA administrator.

Licuanan will replace Felicito Payumo, who assumed the SBMA chairmanship in 1998, and would bow out of office next month.

The appointments of the two new SBMA officials take effect Nov. 1.

A former president of Ayala Land Incorporation, Licuanan is currently presidential adviser on Subic-Clark Development. He will take charge of developing Subic-Clark into the "best strategic transport hubs" in Southeast Asia, the President added.

The President said that like the Ayalas, who gave Licuanan a free hand in running the Ayala Center, she was also giving him wide berth in managing Subic-Clark.

Antonio, who will take charge of the administrative side of the Subic-Clark development, is a former president of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
"The role of Subic-Clark is to serve as the best hub in Southeast Asia, the Philippines’ version of Dubai and Hong Kong," the President said.

The President announced the appointment of Licuanan and Antonio after the capsule-laying ceremony for the expansion of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark Field, Pampanga this morning.

She was assisted by her sister, Cielo Macapagal-Salgado, a former Pampanga vice governor. Also with her were Vice President Noli de Castro, Sen. Lito Lapid, Pampanga Gov. Mark Lapid, and Alfonso Cusi, general manager of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The brief capsule-laying ceremony was held in commemoration of the 94th birth anniversary today of the late President.

The DMIA terminal expansion project is a component of the passenger terminal complex development program for the DMIA. The airport is being developed not only as the country’s next premier international gateway, but also as an Asian regional center for express freight operations, logistics and warehousing, and a major aircraft heavy maintenance base.

The DMIA has approximately 10,000 square meters of building area capable of processing up to three wide-bodied aircraft. The development, which will be implemented in two phases at a cost of P2 billion, is set for completion in 2006.
When completed, the terminal will service up to 3.5 million passengers annually.


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