by Emmie Abadilla
The government’s infrastructure projects will be completed on time, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) yesterday confirmed.
The transport agency conducted inspections of four ongoing projects – two airports, a seaport and a passenger terminal building.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade inspected the P17.52-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 2, which is almost half completed and slated to be operational by the middle of 2018.
This Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Build-Operate and Transfer (BOT) project between DOTr, GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Consortium involves the construction of a new world-class passenger terminal building in MCIA, with a capacity of 8 million passengers per year.
The new structure and the ongoing renovation of the existing MICIA terminal aims to make Mactan-Cebu the world’s first resort airport.
The DOTr Secretary likewise inspected the P4.57-billion New Panglao Airport, the newest gateway to tourist destinations in Bohol, projected to accommodate 1.9 million passengers annually and also due to be operational in June, 2018.
New Bohol (Panglao) Airport, located in Panglao island, Bohol province in the Central Visayas region, is a new airport that is currently being constructed by
The DOTr is building the airport using Japan International Cooperation Authority (JICA) funding. Once completed, it will replace the existing Tagbilaran Airport.
Nevertheless, “The construction of Panglao Airport should not be a reason to delay the repairs of Tagbilaran Airport,” he told airport officials.
In addition, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has fully rehabilitated the Port of Tagbilaran and is now starting to construct a Passenger Terminal Building 2, according to Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Jay Santiago.
The DOTr is part of the administration’s “Build Build Build” (BBB) inter-agency effort meant to deliver big-ticket, high-impact infrastructure projects in the next five years to boost economic growth.