DOTr reports completion of 120 airport projects

Published February 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has completed 120 airport projects since the assumption of the Duterte administration in July, 2016, the agency yesterday reported.

DOTr  Secretary Arthur Tugade (Photo by Ali Vicoy)
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade (Photo by Ali Vicoy)

These include the Bohol-Panglao International Airport, which began feasibility study in 2000 although construction only started in June, 2015, with 48 percent slippage upon transition to the current administration. It was inaugurated in November, 2018.

The construction of the new terminal of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport was delayed for 11 months in 2016. It was inaugurated in 2017 and is now fully operational. The Sangley Airport in Cavite, which already had initial construction works last year, underwent 24/7 construction this year and had its official inauguration this February 15.

The Lal-Lo International Airport, inaugurated in March, 2018, now has an upgraded runway capable of handling bigger aircrafts. It received its first international commercial flight in 2018.

The Tacloban Airport’s expanded passenger terminal building was inaugurated in March, 2018. Rehabilitation works for the Ormoc Airport have been completed in July, 2019, after the airport was severely damaged by Super-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.

The Puerto Princesa International Airport’s new passenger terminal building was completed in May, 2017. The San Vicente Airport, also in Palawan, was inaugurated in May, 2018, and it can now accommodate light aircrafts and chartered flights.

The DOTr also embarked on improving domestic airports, such as the gateways in Camiguin, Virac, Tuguegarao, Catarman, Laoag, Maasin, Lubang, Camiguin, Romblon, Masbate, Busunga, Bukidnon, Surigao, Siargao, Antique and Cauayan.