The Department of Transportation (DOTr), in partnership with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), has completed 121 airport projects to date. It will commence work on a further 75 airport projects. All projects are part of the government’s massive “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program where aviation remains a priority.
The upcoming 75 projects include the construction of the administrative building of Clark International Airport, the strip grade correction of the runway of Kalibo Airport, the improvement of the passenger terminal building of Bacolod Airport, and the construction of an apron and taxiway in Catbalogan Airport. Other ongoing projects include the upgrade of airports in Vigan, Basco, Calayan, Virac and Antique.
As of December 2020, some of the completed airport projects by DOTr and CAAP include airport expansion and upgrades in Laoag, Vigan, Tuguegarao, Palanan, Cauayan, Mamburao, Lubang and Romblon. It also includes the full-blown construction of new terminals and buildings of Puerto Princesa International Airport, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and the country’s first eco airport, Bohol-Panglao International Airport. Projects were completed either via Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiatives or government funding.
The DOTr continues to speed up projects to improve transport mobility and air connectivity, even amidst the pandemic when most airports are only being utilized for essential travel.
(Sources: Business World; PPP Center)