Rehab of Pag-asa Island airfield next as port becomes operational

Rehab of Pag-asa Island airfield next as port becomes operational

Last month it was reported by Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade that the construction of a port in Pag-asa island in the Municipaity of Kalayaan in the West Philippine Sea is ready for turn over.

The Philippine Navy in a historic milestone, was able to dock last May 13 at Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), where the port and beaching ramp has been fully constructed.

Before that, no Philippine Navy vessel could dock on the island because it lacked a port.

Rancudo airfield in Pag-asa island, Municpality of Kalayaan circa 2017
(photo credit to owner)

Because of such development the next logical question was when will the Rancudo airfield will be fully rehabilitated.

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana  said in a report to the Philippine News Agency last May 29, that the beaching ramp is 97 percent finished and “for all intent and purposes, it’s complete.”

“The next phase is for the repair and concreting of the runway and we expect this to be complete in a year’s time from the time the contract is signed. Separate project kasi ‘yung runway,” Secretary Lorenzana said.
The port being already of operational status, transport of much needed materials and equipment into the Pag-asa island becomes more easier.

Secretary Arthur Tugade earlier said a turn over ceremony for the port is scheduled on June 12, Independence Day.
“Handa na hong mag-turnover ‘yung Provincial Government of Palawan na iturnover sa amin ‘yon sa June 12,” Secretary Tugade said during President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s meeting with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on May 28, 2020.

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