By EMMIE V. ABADILLA
Bicol infrastructure builder Verzontal Infrastructure Corporation (VIC) targets to finish constructing the ₱283-million Antique Airport by the third quarter of next year, most probably by August, 2020.
The airport will connect the region with the capital and neighboring cities seamlessly in the coming years.
The Antique Airport development project, which was awarded to Verzontal in December 2018, will include the “Green Technology” tthat showcases louver-type window panels, a green roof for better heat, rain absorption, and air quality.
The “Green Building” will also have natural plants such as water lily stalks and banana bark, as wall placements for ventilation support.
“Together with the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Antique Airport will be one of the newest “Green Airport” present in the region, following Mactan Airport in Cebu,” noted VIC Vice Chairman and CEO Bede Gomez.
The Antique Airport project includes the rehabilitation of the passenger terminal building, landside and airside facilities, and strip grade correction with the improvement of the drainage system.
Antique Representative, Congresswoman Loren Legarda, asked VIC to fast-track the completion of the project and include the installation of solar panels, a vertical garden, a rain-catching system, and non-corrosive materials for the new terminal.
Upon completion, the Antique Airport is seen to become one of the region’s main gateways to gaining more tourist and business opportunities connecting rural communities to urban centers.
The province sees an increase in capacity of the airport passenger terminal as it expands to accommodate 86 passenger seats and a consistent three times a week flight schedules.
VIC is a diversified infrastructure conglomerate committed to developing the Philippine countryside in a sustainable, environmentally responsible manner. The team is involved in the business development, procurement, project management and administration of the company.