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Bagabag Airport

Bagabag Airport: The key to the North's progress MANILA, Dec.10 (PNA) -- What was once used to serve as the tactical maneuverability to fight any form of aggression will now remain to be the strategic instrument for progress not only to the province of Nueva Vizcaya but to the rest of the Northern Luzon. Since it started serving flight services, what Bagabag Airport could only offer to commercial flights is its limited airstrip. Totalling to more or less kilometer, with taxiways and apron, the airport could only accommodate light aircrafts. With its strategic location, Bagabag Airport could soon be considered the gateway to Northern Luzon, as it is so located in an area where in certain aspect, scenic spots are universally considered a wonder. In fact, said airport is about 60 kms, away from world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces, considered as one of the wonders of the world. With the present thrust of the government and through the able support of most local officials of Nueva Vizcaya and former Rep. Romulo Lumauig, Bagabag Airport is now being given the chance to improve in order to expand its services not only to light aircrafts but to big ones as well. The improvement is now being done as promised and being funded by the office of the President and other Congressmen who pledged support, as well as other agencies concerned. At present, an initial phase of the fund pledged is being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). The improvement process as covered under this phase, amounting to P20 million consists of the widening of the airstrip, extending the runway and the improvement of its taxiways and apron. The improvement being undertaken at present adopts the new standard and specifications on airports that will eventually define its uniqueness when fully accomplished.

The "Padday na Lima"

The regional trade fair proved once again that the Cagayan Valley region's products do not lag behind in terms of quality and sales ability and in fact, have penetrated international markets. "Padday na Lima," which means made by the hand, was intended to promote the products of the region and to test its acceptability in terms of quality and impact in the domestic and foreign market. Fortunately, the products passed the test . Of all the regional trade fairs in the country, Padday na Lima garnered the highest in sales, cash and book orders, amounting to P7,898 million a significant amount generated in five days. Top selling furniture products and builders of woodworks found their way to direct export firms, plush houses, apartelles and offices, baskets, ceramics , handwoven linen and handmade paper are now in use in homes and even hotels, Christmas decors, fashion accessories and novelties lured buyers and favored their discriminating tastes. Surprisingly, fresh and processed fruits gathered thousands of orders to satisfy the buyers craving for fresh and nutritious food. These and more are all found in region 2 while buyers came from all over the country and some parts of the world. Acceptability of these products can be attributed to several factors theirs being unique, attractive, environment-friendly, sturdy and useful all characterized the exhibitors' products such as breur chairs, rocking chairs, building components and Gallinera sets of Reynaldo Herrero, the owner of Charles Furniture Shop, the fair's top seller. Buyers appreciated the quality craftmanship of these narra and hardwood products. Moreover, the dried flowers and holiday decors mde of fossilized leaves , grasses, seeds and seedpods in natural or multi colors by Dr.Everette Zingapan of the Cagayan Valley Handicrafts International, a consistent exhibitor of the national trade fair and the FAME, charmed the buyers. These products have already penetrated the foreign market and are now being regularly supplied to the US, Europe, Middle East and Japan. Perante oranges were, likewise, a revelation during the fair. These sweet and juicy fruits were a product of cross-pollination of Valencia and Hamlin varieties of oranges introduced by and named after the father of Fernando Perante, owner of the Perante Orange Farm Orchard and Nursery in Nueva Vizcaya . These fruits are now the pride of region 2, arrays of bright oranges are displayed along the highways of Nueva Vizcaya for the weary travellers to buy for pasalubong or food along the way. Meanwhile, region 2 industries continuously grow. Of the 49 exhibitors, furniture sector

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