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Tugade flags airport construction delays

Maria Romero



The Bicol International Airport (BIA) is only 72.2 percent complete as of mid-January.

A report by the Department of Transportation (DoTr) on Wednesday stated that as of 13 January, Package 2A alone of the BIA development project is only 88.2 percent complete despite Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade’s previous order to expedite the construction to meet its supposed completion target set last year.

Construction works in Package 2A is handled by the Sunwest Construction and Development Corp.

It covers the airport’s landside facilities, such as the Administration Building, Air Traffic Control Building, Crash Fire Rescue Building, and the Maintenance Building.

Handled by the E.M. Cuerpo construction company, Package 2B of the airport project is only 49.5 percent complete.

It covers the airport’s passenger terminal building (PTB), taxiway, runway extension, and other site development works.

The pre-feasibility study of the BIA started way back in 1996, while the Notice to Proceed was issued in July 2009.

Construction works for the runway, taxiway, apron, and fences were mostly left uncompleted in 2012, and the budget was then reverted to the national treasury.

It was only in 2016 when the construction of Landside Facilities (Project 2A) began, while runway extension and the construction of the Passenger Terminal Building (Project 2B) commenced in 2017.

Cebu airport overhaul ongoing
In another development, Tugade inspected the construction of the taxiway, parallel runway, and other facilities of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) yesterday.

According to the DoTr chief, the project proponents still have to undertake several adjustments to have the runway ready before its original schedule of completion in May 2022.

The MCIA has already completed the rehabilitation and improvement of the General Aviation Terminal Building, an extension of the existing Aircraft Parking Apron.

The construction of the Transportation and Heavy Equipment Division, Maintenance Road, and Secondary Perimeter Fence were also completed.