First half of PRRD’s term : 17 airport projects completed

First half of PRRD’s term : 17 airport projects completed

On to the second half of his six year term,the Duterte administration, through the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Aviation and Airports Sector and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), has completed 17 commercial airport projects, with 28 more ongoing, 

One of President Rodrigo Duterte’s reliable cabinet member  DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade explains the vital importance of air connectivity in regional development.

“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.

(photo credit to DOTr)

During the first three years of Duterte’s term, two new international airports have been built -- 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 13 domestic.
Under rehabilitated international airports, Tugade said the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), hailed as the world’s friendliest resort airport, opened its new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) last year, boosting the annual capacity to 13.5 million passengers.

The Puerto Princesa Airport’s PTB was also expanded, and its runway extended to accommodate larger aircraft.
More recently last july 5, Ormoc Airport’s new facilities, including a renovated PTB and a widened runway, were inaugurated by no less than Chief executive 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.
New, upgraded airport projects to come.

As per the DOTr, government has in the pipeline the ongoing infrastructure development in 27 commercial airports and one military air base. The government is also set to build one more international airport.
CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco said the public can expect more airport development projects and programs to be completed in the remainder of President Duterte’s term.

“A number of airports we have rehabilitated were in a dismal state when we took over. We are proud of what we have already accomplished, but we know that we can do more. With the guidance of our hardworking Secretary Tugade, we will continue to build, build, build towards the ‘Golden Age of Infrastructure’,” Sydiongco said.

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