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Villarete sworn in as Mactan airport chief

First Posted 07:04:00 10/27/2010

NEWLY appointed Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) general manager Nigel Paul Villarete took his oath of office before Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jose ?Ping? de Jesus yin Manila yesterday afternoon.

After being sworn into office, Villarete immediately returned to Cebu to attend several meetings with some officials to acquaint himself with his new job.

Today, Villarete is scheduled to meet with former MCIA general manager Danilo Francia to discuss things that need to be done.

?I have to settle things down first,? Villarete told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

He is also scheduled for a management meeting where he will get to know the team he will work with.

Villarete assured that as general manager, he will work with MCIA board to make the airport better.

?We have to set goals,? he said, adding that he wants to ensure that the airport will help boost the in the region especially in tourism.

Villarete was appointed general manager during a special meeting of the MCIA board in Manila.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, a member of the airport board, was then in China on an official visit.

Villarete has said that he wants to focus on expanding the airport terminal in terms of capacity and services.

He also said that he will make sure all airport transactions will be transparent.

Cebu City South Dist. Rep. Tomas Osmea said he hoped that Villarete will clear the airport from anomalous transactions.

But Villarete did not yet specify what goals for the airport he will discuss with the MCIA board of directors.

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