Clark International Airport’s new terminal building inaugurated: 'Open for business'

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. leads the opening of the new terminal building of Clark International Airport. (Photo: Bongbong Marcos/Facebook)
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. leads the opening of the new terminal building of Clark International Airport. (Photo: Bongbong Marcos/Facebook)

With the opening of the new terminal building at Clark International Airport in Mabalacat, Pampanga, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday (September 28) declared that the Philippines is now "open for business."

Marcos, who led the opening of the new facility, said the country is now ready for foreign investors to invest in the country. "The simple message that underlay all that we did was that the Philippines is here, we are a good place to invest,” he added.

The president also promised potential investors that the country will "go the extra mile” in accommodating them by implementing certain reforms in the government and business processes.

“We are probably the most vibrant economy that is in Southeast Asia, and we understand the requirements and the needs of our potential investors, and we will do everything so that that partnership becomes to the advantage of both the private sector, the public sector, to the people,” he said.

The opening of the new terminal facility at Clark Airport is expected to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which could then accommodate up to eight million passengers yearly, almost double its original capacity of 4.2 million passengers a year.

"Habang hindi pa natin naaayos ang airport sa Maynila, kailangan natin buksan ang mga airports sa regional," said Marcos.

(While we are fixing the airport in Manila, we have to open up our regional airports.)

Huwag nating pinipilit lahat kailangang dumaan ng Maynila,” he added.

(Not all have to go through Manila, so let’s not impose it.)

Marvin Joseph Ang is a news and creative writer who follows developments on politics, democracy, and popular culture. He advocates for a free press and national democracy. Follow him on Twitter at @marvs30ang for latest news and updates. The views expressed are his own.

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