Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Thursday led the inauguration of the newly developed General Santos Airport at Barangay Fatima in General Santos City.
Tugade was joined by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) director general Jim Sydiongco, General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera, General Santos Lone District Representative Hon. Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, General Santos City Vice Mayor Loreto B. Acharon, DoTr Undersecretary. Giovanni Lopez, DoTr Undersecretary Raul del Rosario, Philippine Ports Authority general manager Jay Santiago, airline stakeholders and local/regional officials.
“With or without a pandemic, the Duterte Administration continues to work so that fellow Filipinos can have a comfortable and convenient life,” Tugade said.
The DoTr chief noted that the development projects in General Santos Airport will continue, including the airport’s control tower reconstruction next year to further meet the airport’s requirements.
Among the projects that CAAP and DoTr completed in General Santos Airport include the P434,291,656.59 rehabilitation and expansion of passenger terminal building completed on 22 September 2021, the P107,221,487.40 procurement and installation of navigational aids completed on 25 July this year and the P23,426,321.43 construction of CAAP administration building completed on 5 October 2020.
The newly constructed two-story CAAP Administration Building, with an estimated floor area of 900 square meters, now serves as new office space for all administrative personnel of the Airport while the admin building project also includes concreting of its Vehicular Parking Area.
From a previous area of 4,029 square meters, the Airport’s Passenger Terminal Building now has a total of 12,240 square meters. These development projects were able to provide job opportunities to around 380 workers during the airport’s construction phase.