By Ariel Fernandez
The newly-rehabilitated Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of Virac Airport in Catanduanes will be inaugurated today, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.
Undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo and CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco will lead the inauguration of the R39-million PTB rehabilitation project.
The terminal’s rehabilitation began in January, 2016 and involved the transformation of the old design of the passenger terminal building which was built in 1963 into a modern structure.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the project was completed last May 14, following several delays in the construction, including the destruction wrought by typhoon Nina in December, 2016.
“When President Duterte appointed us in his Cabinet, he gave us one important directive — ensure that we make the Filipino comfortable. That is why we continue to build, build, and build. We build to enhance mobility and connectivity, not just to improve movement of transportation of people and goods, nor just to improve travel. We do this to enhance the Filipino’s way of life,” Tugade said.