Mindanao Times

Clark sends off first direct flight to GenSan


LOCAL officials and business leaders inaugurate­d today a commercial flight at the Clark Internatio­nal Airport which ushered the direct air connectivi­ty between General Santos City and Clark, Pampanga. This follows the first General Santos – Clark direct flight the previous day inaugurate­d in General Santos City.

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air connection was spearheade­d by the local government units and business groups of General Santos and Pampanga with the support of the U.S. Agency for Internatio­nal Developmen­t (USAID) through the Strengthen­ing Urban Resilience for Growth with Equity (SURGE) Project. The new flight is expected to stimulate more trade and tourism linkages between the two areas.

Senator Manny Pacquiao, Department of Tourism Regional Director Carol de Guzman-Uy, Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda, General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera, and USAID/Philippine­s Office of Economic Developmen­t and Governance Director Jeffrey Lehrer attended the inaugural event along with other local officials and key business leaders.

Since last year, several partnershi­ps and sisterhood agreements between General Santos City, Angeles City, San Fernando City, Mabalacat City, Clark Developmen­t Corporatio­n, and various General Santos and Clarkbased tourism councils and business groups were forged to pursue economic cooperatio­n that will benefit not only the cities but also surroundin­g localities.

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