Finish Tacloban airport in 9 months, Sec. Tugade told contractor

(Design of the new Tacloban airport passenger building,
from DOTr's press release.)

TACLOBAN CITY — Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade told contractor of the new passenger terminal building of Tacloban City Airport to finish its construction within nine (9) months.

Sec. Tugade visited the Region last week and immediately instructed the contractor and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to fast-track the construction for the New Tacloban Airport Development Project which the design was approved earlier this year.

The original target of the said project was to be finished in five-hundred forty (540) days but Tugade wants the building to be done in two-hundred seven (270) days.

In a related post, Congressman FM Romualdez said: "the construction   and expansion of a new airport has always been part of our priorities as a Member of the House of Representatives since 2007."

He added: "After a productive meeting with CAAP General Manager Jim Sydiongco, we were informed that construction of the main terminal building will begin before the end of 2020. "

Meanwhile, the contractor agreed with Tugade and vowed to submit a revised plan in compliance with the new schedule. 

Aside from the new terminal building, part of the expansion is also to improve the 2,100-meter runway, extending it to 2,500 meters.

The DZR Tacloban Airport, named after politician Daniel Zialcita Romualdez, is the main regional gateway in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas). It is one of the ten (10) busiest airport in the country before COVID-19 pandemic happened. iTacloban
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