Upgraded Siquijor airport, seaport seen to boost the island's tourism, economy

Published August 26, 2021, 4:07 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Economic and tourism activities in Siquijor are expected to grow as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) unveiled Thursday, Aug. 26, two vital transport infrastructure projects in the island province.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco, and local officials inaugurate the completed airport and seaport in the island province of Siquijor on Thursday, August 26, 2021. (Photo from Department of Transportation)

Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade led the inauguration of the upgraded Siquijor Airport and Siquijor Port which are seen to boost the recovery of the province’s tourism industry.

“Napakaganda ng Siquijor, nararapat lamang na bigyan natin ng magandang transport infrastructure ang probinsya upang lumago ang negosyo, gumanda ang lokal na ekonomiya, mapabuti ang buhay ng mga residents (Siquijor is very beautiful and it is just fitting to give the province good transport infrastructures to grow and improve the local economy, as well as the lives of its residents),” Tugade said during the ceremony.

Completed last July 30, the newly transformed Siquijor Airport has a new passenger terminal building, which can now accommodate 60 passengers; a powerhouse; and a vehicular parking area.

The repair and maintenance of the perimeter fence and construction of concrete pathwalk, runway provision, taxiway, and apron markings were also completed ahead of time.

More developments are also expected to be completed for the airport such as the asphalt overlay and extension of the runway.

Meanwhile, the improved Siquijor Port now has an RC wharf with Ro-Ro ramp, a back-up area, and a port lighting system which have been completed in March this year.

The improved facilities of the port now allow faster turnaround time of vessels, shorter waiting period for passengers and shippers, and reduce queueing of rolling cargoes.

With the renovation works already completed, the port can now serve up to eight vessels with provision to handle a 65-meter cargo ship, and two Ro-Ro vessels at the same time.

For his part, Siquijor Mayor Richard Quezon expressed his gratitude for the upgrade of their airport and seaport which will help develop the province’s mobility, accessibility, and connectivity.

“These upgrades that we have in Siquijor’s airport and seaport, we will surely receive benefits that will affect our economy largely. We thank the Secretary for playing his role in the continuous development of our province,” Quezon said.

Aside from the jobs generated during its construction, Tugade said the completed projects are expected to give Siquijor residents more work opportunities, particularly in the tourism sector and other related industries.