Manila, Jan. 5 -- The Loakan airport can best be utilized as a "heliport" just like how it was used during the 1990 earthquake, former tourism and interior secretary Rafael Alunan said here Friday.

Alunan told the media how they at the tourism department used the Loakan airport using C-130 planes of the Philippine Air Force and the United States Air Force, as well as small choppers to transport people and goods after the 1990 killer quake struck Baguio, isolating the city from the rest of the country.

Alunan served the tourism department during the time of former president Corazon Aquino and later as interior secretary during the term of former president Fidel V. Ramos.

"I remember Loakan during the earthquake. That was my forward operat...