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DOTC allocates P327m to rehabilitate 7 airports

Manila Standard Today
Posted June 15th, 2012 by Lailany P. Gomez.

The Transportation Department has allocated P327.4 million to rehabilitate and expand seven provincial airports to accommodate the rapid trade and tourism growth in those areas.

Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas said the airports needing improvement are in San Vicente, Palawan; Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur; Butuan City, Agusan del Norte; Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte; Sanga-Sanga in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi; Cotabato City, North Cotabato;  and Maasin, Southern Leyte.

“The government is committed to improve the airports in these areas where trade and tourism have been in an upswing for the past year,” Roxas said.

“The government will not stop in implementing these programmed infrastructure projects, through a transparent public bidding, to improve the lives and welfare of the people in the rural areas,” he added.

Roxas said the expansion of the airports would have a multiplier effect as more commercial establishments, factories and industrial plants were expected to be built in those areas.

“It will also result in more consumer spending where these projects are located,” he said.

The P62.7-million San Vicente airport development project covers the construction of a passenger terminal, a fire station building and an elevated 2,500-gallon water tank. It also includes runway extension with slope protection and hill obstruction removal.

The P42-million Pagadian airport project seeks to improve its facilities to accommodate both commercial and private aircraft. Included in the project are extension of runway, widening of taxiway, rehabilitation and improvement of passenger terminal building, improvement and expansion of vehicular parking area and construction of drainage system and perimeter fence.

 (Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/June/15)

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