By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) is eyeing to resume partial operations at the airport Wednesday, April 24, after the assessment showed the tower, apron, runways and taxiways are structurally sound following the magnitude 6.1 earthquake that jolted Luzon Monday.
“The good news is that the tower can be operated, there was no substantial damage. There is no problem on road surface of the airport,” CIAC President Jaime Melo said.
Melo said passengers who were stranded because of the strong quake will be prioritized once the partial operations resume.
The clearing operations and repairs inside the departure area and terminal building are already ongoing.
Power has also been fully restored in Clark as of 10:30 p.m. Monday. All roads and bridges have also been assessed and cleared.
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has designated temporary shelters for travelers and tourists who were affected by the temporary closure of the Clark International Airport. These include the Training Center at HSD, the pavilion at Bicentennial Park, the Philippine Air Force Gym, and the Clark Parade Grounds. Provisions of water and food are also being provided in these shelters.
After the earthquake Monday night, CDC and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) have reported zero casualties in Clark as technical teams conduct a continuing assessment of the situation since the 6.1-magnitude earthquake badly hit Pampanga and other parts of Central Luzon this afternoon.
CDC has reported that at least 90 percent of power supply has been restored following the strong earthquake. Also, the CDC Health and Sanitation Division (HSD) reported that it has not received any report of casualties inside Clark.
CDC has also designated temporary shelters for travelers and tourists who might be affected by the closure of operations of Clark International Airport (CRK) and may not be able to afford to stay at the hotels. These include the Training Center at HSD, the pavilion at Bicentennial Park, the Philippine Air Force Gym, and the Clark Parade Grounds. Provisions of water and food are also being provided for these shelters.
Further, the BCDA reported that there has been no damage at the ongoing construction of the new Clark International Airport New Terminal Building, as well as facilities at the New Clark City Phase 1 — which includes the government center and the sports stadium, the aquatics center, athletes’ dormitory which are being readied for the SEA Games this November.