DOTR says 17 airport projects completed in Duterte’s first 3 years

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Seventeen commercial airport projects have been completed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s first three years in office, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) reported on Tuesday (July 9).

In a statement, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade underscored the importance of advancing air connectivity throughout the country and with the world, as the DOTr’s Aviation and Airports Sector and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) completed 17 commercial airport projects, with 28 more ongoing, in the first half of Duterte’s term.

“Connectivity and mobility in transport are key components in socio-economic development. By building new airports and rehabilitating existing ones, the transportation sector contributes to both regional and national progress,” Tugade said.

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Tugade said that during the first half of Duterte’s term, two new international airports have been built, namely, the Lal-Lo International Airport in Cagayan, and the country’s first eco-airport, the Bohol-Panglao International Airport.

Fifteen other existing gateways have also been upgraded, two of which are international and thirteen domestic.

Under rehabilitated international airports, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) opened its new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) last year, boosting annual capacity to 13.5 million passengers. The airport was hailed as the world’s friendliest resort airport.

The Puerto Princesa Airport’s PTB was also expanded, and its runway extended to accommodate larger aircraft.

The DOTr added that domestic airports have not been left behind because last July 5, 2019, Ormoc Airport opened new facilities, including a renovated PTB and a widened runway. The new facilities were inaugurated by the President himself.

“Additionally, infrastructure developments for the domestic airports of Virac, Marinduque, Tuguegarao, San vicente, and Busuanga in Luzon; Maasin, Tacloban, and Catarman in the Visayas; and Ipil, Camiguin, and Siargao in Mindanao, have been accomplished,” the agency said.

The DOTr, along with CAAP, said it is also accelerating the ongoing infrastructure development in 27 commercial airports and one military air base. The government is also set to build one more international airport, it further said.

The department likewise reported that rehabilitation works for the terminal 2 of the Philippines’ main gateway, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) continues.

“These include the expansion of departure check-in hall and arrival baggage area; architectural improvements in passenger movement areas; upgrade of aerobridge areas and elevated roadway; new glass wall panels and partitions; upgrade of air-conditioning system, power, lightings, fire protection, and electronics and communications systems; installation of an improved flight information display system and a new public address system; and waterproofing works for building exterior, among others,” the DOTr said.

As the NAIA rehabilitation continues, the government said it is also working on decongesting the main gateway through complementary infrastructure development.

“Additional facilities at the Sangley Airport in Cavite are now under 24/7 construction to meet the November 2019 deadline of the President for the military air base to commence general aviation and turboprop operations,” the DOTr said.

Construction is also ongoing for the second PTB of the Clark International Airport (CRK).

The department said its expansion is seen to increase the CRK’s overall capacity to 12.2 million passengers annually. An additional runway is also set for construction.

To further aid in the long-term decongestion of NAIA, the DOTr said plans are underway for the proposed New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan. Bidding for the project will open on July 31.

Meanwhile, the Bicol International Airport is now more than halfway complete. The airport is expected to accommodate two million passengers per year, and is targeted for completion in 2020, the agency said.

International airports in Davao, general Santos, Zamboanga, Iloilo, Kalibo, and Laoag are also undergoing improvements.

Development projects continue, as well, for domestic airports in Busuanga, Cauayan, Naga, and Tuguegarao in Luzon; Bacolod-Silay, Calbayog, Catbalogan, Dumaguete, and Tacloban in the Visayas; and Bukidnon, Ipil, Laguinduingan, Mati, M’lang, Ozamiz, Sanga-Sanga, Siargao, and Surigao in Mindanao.

Aside from developing the nation’s airports, major programmes and initiatives have been launched to further uplift aviation and airports services, such as the establishment of new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management System (CNS/ATM) that now covers 100 percent of Philippine airspace, and the night-rating of 15 more commercial airports to further ease decongestion in major gateways.


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