MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) targets to complete P1-trillion worth of construction and rehabilitation projects at various airports in the country next year.
According to Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista, the agency’s target is to further increase the capacity of the airport terminal building and improve facilities through technology.
“These projects are all set to be completed by 2023. They have a total projected cost of close to P1 trillion — that’s a T, not a B,” ani Bautista kasabay ng EJAP Infrastructure Forum.
Among the projects lined up for construction and rehabilitation are Antique Airport, Bacolod-Silay Airport, Catbalogan Airport, Davao International Airport, M’Land Airport, Ozamis Airport, San Vicente Airport, Sanga Sanga Airport in Tawi-Tawi, Tacloban Airport, and Tuguegarao Airport.
Bautista also plans to upgrade and expand the 10 regional airports in the country through a public-private partnership scheme.
These are the airports in Bacolod, Bicol, Bohol, Busuanga, Davao, Iloilo, Kalibo, Laguindingan, Puerto Princesa, and Siargao.
Four new regional airports will also be built in Dumaguete, Masbate, Siargao and Zamboanga.
Aside from this, the DOTR also plans the modernization of some existing major international gateways such as the P206.96-million airside improvement projects at the Bicol International Airport.
Construction of the P500-million Sangley Point International Airport is also expected to begin in 2023.
“While there may be challenges in the completion of these big-ticket projects, the DOTr, CAAP, and other aviation agencies continuously work towards creating a fully connected Philippine sky,” ani Bautista. RNT/JGC
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