August 08, 2021 at 06:40 pm
Darwin G. Amojelar
The Department of Transportation expects to compete the expansion of the Butuan Airport passenger terminal building by May next year.
“Starting next month the bidding and the procurement process, then actual construction of the passenger terminal building will start by October,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said over the weekend.
The DOTr through the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will spend P33.59 million to expand the passenger terminal building that can accommodate over 500 passengers.
CAAP director general Jim Sydiongco said the agency has also completed the replacement of the airport’s Doppler Very High Frequency Omni Range, an air navigation aid, in December 2019.
The system improves the radio navigation at the airport to aid aircraft in determining their position relative to the Butuan Airport.
The CAAP earlier completed the rehabilitation of the Butuan Airport in Agusan del Norte that would further improve mobility in the Caraga Region.
Development works in the gateway covers the runway asphalt overlay to provide aircraft with smoother take-offs and landings, and the improvement of the airport’s passenger terminal building.
Another vital facility added to the Butuan Airport is the Malasakit Hall, which is part of the airport’s modernization and people-centered service delivery thrust. The Malasakit Hall will serve as a waiting area for airline passengers, and features a clinic, a childcare room, a lounge for overseas Filipino workers, a prayer room, a washroom and a concession space for passengers.
Tugade similar projects in the Cantilan Port in Surigao del Sur.
With these transport projects, comfort and convenience to passengers are assured in addition to the region’s trade and tourism growth. Small businesses are expected to flourish as more jobs will be generated with the two upgraded transport infrastructures.