PAL set to start flights from Clark to Catan­d­u­anes

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CLARK FREEPORT – Philip­pine Air­lines (PAL) has an­nounced that start­ing De­cem­ber 18, it will be op­er­at­ing three times a week to Virac, Catan­d­u­anes from Clark.

With the new route, the home to the “ma­jes­tic waves” will be ap­prox­i­mately an hour and a half away for leisure trav­el­ers from Cen­tral and Northern Lu­zon, PAL an­nounced.

“We are pleased to in­form you of the in­tro­duc­tion of new route: Clark to Virac v.v. to be op­er­ated by PAL code­share part­ner 2P uti­liz­ing Bom­bardier Q400 ef­fec­tive 18 De­cem­ber 2017,” said PAL’s in­for­ma­tion bul­letin.

The up­com­ing flight to “the surfer’s par­adise” leaves Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 6:00 am. ev­ery Monday, Wed­nes­day and Friday. The re­turn flight leaves Virac, Catan­d­u­anes at 8:00 am on the same days.

Virac, Catan­d­u­anes, the 12th largest is­land of the Philip­pines boasts of idyl­lic beaches with pow­dery sands and coral for­ma­tions. Mys­te­ri­ous caves with his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance to com­pli­ments its beauty and mys­tic would surely en­chant the trav­el­ers ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Tourism (DOT) web­site.

“Na­ture trails and panoramic views such as the one viewed from the grounds of the PA­GASA Weather Radar Sta­tion is a photo en­thu­si­ast dream-cometrue. A re­li­gious pil­grim will be well sat­is­fied with a tour of the churches and re­li­gious shrines in the Is­land. The Museo De Catan­d­u­anes with its fine col­lec­tion of ar­ti­facts is a must for the his­tory buff,” said the Depart­ment of Tourism web­site.

GUAGUA — This town is con­tin­u­ously for­mu­lat­ing its 2016 to 2025 comprehensive land use plan (CLUP) to bet­ter ac­com­mo­date changes in the town’s grow­ing econ­omy, pop­u­la­tion and in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment .

Mayor Dante Tor­res said that the land use plan that will also project pos­si­ble land de­vel­op­ments un­til 2025 is among the pri­or­i­ties of his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Tor­res said that they en­vi­sion a plan that is re­spon­sive to pos­si­ble in­vest­ments that may be brought in the com­ing years. The mayor had also been stressing the need for cli­mate change adap­ta­tion mea­sures in line with the said plan.

Un­der Sec­tion 20 of the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Code, lo­cal gov­ern­ment units are re­quired to pre­pare a comprehensive land use plan en­acted through a zon­ing or­di­nance.

Tor­res said that his ad­min­is­tra­tion and the town coun­cil have been work­ing on a land-use plan that will ef­fec­tively pre­pare the town for the in­dus­try boom par­tic­u­larly from in­vest­ments in and around the town.

He said a CLUP must also be put in place to prop­erly iden­tify which zones are un­der com­mer­cial, in­dus­trial, agri­cul­tural and res­i­den­tial cat­e­gories.

Tor­res said that the CLUP of the town will help in a bid to fully de­velop its po­ten­tial as an in­vest­ment haven in the province.

The CLUP is a doc­u­ment de­signed to guide the fu­ture ac­tions of a com­mu­nity. It presents a vi­sion for the fu­ture, with long-range goals and ob­jec­tives for all ac­tiv­i­ties that af­fect the lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

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