PH continues upgrades existing facilities in Pag-Asa island in WPS - DND Sec. Lorenzana

PH continues upgrades existing facilities in Pag-Asa island in WPS - DND Sec. Lorenzana

Good news from the Kalayaan Group of Islands in the West Philippine Sea.
The Philippines after decades of neglect from different President since the late Ferdinand Marcos the country is now in the process of upgrading existing neglected facilities in all the nine islands that comprises thelocal government unit of Kalayaan, with the development mostly in the main and biggest – Pag-asa island.

In a pre-SONA message, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said these upgrades are all aimed at improving the living conditions of the Filipino troops and civilians deployed and living in these islands.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Pag-Asa island
(photo credit to owner)

“For the first time since the 1970s, Pag-asa Island has received major infrastructure upgrades, namely: a ship beaching ramp, and a sheltered port for our fishermen,” said Lorenzana.

With the completion of these facilities, the Defense secretary said it is now easier to proceed with the other necessary projects such as the concreting of the runway (the Rancudo Airfield) and its apron and construction of other structures for the residents and troops stationed there.
Out of the seven islands and two reefs being controlled by the Philippines in the Spratlys, Pag-asa is the largest measuring 37.2 hectares.

Other Philippine island possessions in the area include Likas Island which measures 18.6 hectares, Parola Island, 12.7 hectares; Lawak Island, 7.93 hectares; Kota Island, 6.45 hectares; Patag Island, 0.57; Panata Island, 0.44; Rizal and Ayungin Reefs.
Transportation of necessary materials for the repair and maintenance of the Rancudo Airfield will be easier with the recent completion of the Pag-asa Island beaching ramp.
“Very significant (as with) the beaching ramp, we can now bring in materials, equipment to continuously repair and later on to maintain our runway (Rancudo Airfield),” he added.
A total of PHP1.3 billion worth of projects are also in the pipeline, including the repair and concreting of the runway that has been damaged by erosion. 

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