By Marjaleen Ramos
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday said the Sangley Airport in Cavite is now 95 percent complete and is on track for its operational dry run on October 29.
“As of today, completed works include the asphalt overlay and clearing of the end of the runway, re-blocking of concrete pavement, installation of two pumps including the drainage system, construction of ramp, and site development with Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP), landscaping and streetlight installations,” the DOTr said in a statement.
It was in June when Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the 24/7 construction of Sangley Airport to meet the operational timeline of President Duterte for general aviation, cargo, and some domestic flights.
DOTr added that the construction of access road, installation of CCTV Surveillance System, counter, weighing conveyor, meteorological equipment setup, and mobilization of two modern fire trucks were also completed.
Among the remaining works are the painting of parking bay markings and finishing works for the two units hangar, power house, and cistern tank.
The installation for the flight information system will be completed by Thursday, it added.
The DOTr said the installation of Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI Lights) and the pre-departure lounge with four new passenger-friendly chairs will also be completed by Friday.
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has already positioned a pontoon boat in the pier area, while a temporary shelter will be built on October 27.
A ferry service to Manila via Mall of Asia in Pasay will also be made available for passengers.