MANILA President Benigno S. Aquino III inaugurated on Friday the $ 30-million new maintenance hangar of the Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP), noting that the feat of the company in the Philippines should inspire Filipinos to achieve national progress.
The President said LTPs operation in the Philippines has been a success since it put up its business in the country in early 2000.
Aside from the success achieved by the LTP, the President said Filipinos could also draw inspirations from the Airbus A380, the aircraft that will be serviced by the LTP in its newly-inaugurated hangar in Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.
In his message during Fridays inauguration, the President said the reforms he has initiated made Filipinos dream again and become ambitious.
Our people can be confident that their government is doing everything in its power to achieve the goals of an equitably progressive Philippines. The dream here is to totally rebuild our nation by giving all our people a chance to live dignified lives. And as we set to achieve this, we must think about the engineers and technicians who work long hours to successfully develop the Airbus A380, he said.
We must think about the contractors who made this inauguration possible, for giving 400 of our most talented workers the chance to display their skills to the rest of the world, the President added.
Through them we are made to believe again. These people are evidence that no matter how grand or how long term our goals for this country may be, if we sit down and put our hearts and minds and work towards them, then our dreams will become realities sooner rather than later.
LTPs expansion in the Philippines signifies its confidence for the Philippines and its Filipino work force, the Chief Executive said. The President added that the liberalization of the aviation industry is one of the key reforms being initiated by the administration.
Government is also continuously working to upgrade the countrys infrastructure so that more and more airline companies enter the Philippines for the benefit of the entire economy, he added.
He also mentioned three sectors seen by the government as major drivers of inclusive growth by providing jobs. These are tourism, agriculture and infrastructure, he said.
LTP, a joint venture of German firm Lufthansa Technik and Philippine MacroAsia Corp., is one of the largest providers of aircraft maintenance services in Asia. The new LTP maintenance hangar would mean 400 new jobs for Filipinos in addition to its current workforce of 2,700.
An Airbus specialist, LTP will start maintenance works and cabin modifications for Airbus A380, currently the biggest aircraft in the world that could accommodate up to 800 passengers.
LTP services more than 50 airlines in the world, doing comprehensive technical services, including lease return checks and cabin modifications for different Airbus aircraft models.
Also present during the inauguration were Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel A. Roxas, LTP Chairman of the Board Washington Sycip, Philippine Airlines Chief Executive Officer Lucio Tan, and LTP President and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Frielinghaus. (PNA)