P700M eyed for Tacloban airport-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
THE Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is eyeing an additional fund requirement of P700 million for the full development of Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport targeted for completion by December 2016.
From the original amount of P2.12 billion approved by the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) board, the total budget would be P2.8 billion, said Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya in a letter to Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez (1st district, Leyte).
“The final cost of the project will only be determined upon completion of the final designs and specifications of the project… We are looking into an increase of about P700 million in the originally approved project cost,” Abaya said.
After completing the final design, the project will be referred back to the Neda board for approval of revised amount.
The Neda board approved the P2.12 billion Tacloban Airport Development Project in November 2012. The cost covers construction of parking and airside facilities, including the construction of a new passenger terminal building.
Abaya said they will bid out next year the completion of “detailed engineering designs for landslide civil works” to include terminal building. Landslide is an aeronautics term referring to the part of an airport farthest from the aircraft.
Dante Lulu, DOTC area manager for Western Visayas ang Eastern Visayas, earlier said that they were preparing to outsource the engineering design since the government has no expertise in this project.
The DOTC hopes to get Neda board approval of the revised plan next year to ensure implementation until 2016.
Airside works began in April 2013 and will be completed early next year.
Landslide works will begin around July 2014 and will be finished December 2016.
For airside development, the DOTC is implementing a P251 million concreting of new apron, taxiway, drainage system and shoreline protection, which is up for completion February 2014, according to DOTC.
Even if the airside development project will be complete next year, it would be non-operational because of the absence of a new terminal building.
The DOTC said that the construction the new terminal building has been hindered by relocation of more than a thousand of informal settlers in the proposed expansion site.
In DOTC’s initial listing in 2002, there were only 249 families in Sitio Alimasag, Barangay Costa Brava, San Jose District. The number rose to 708 when the local government surveyed the area in 2009. It increased to more than a thousand households this year.
The DOTC recently bid out the P18-million semi-permanent terminal building, adjacent to the front of existing facility designed to ease congestion.
Abaya earlier told Romualdez, in a letter, that of the P1 billion allocated for the project, P718.75 million was diverted to the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Abaya did not explained in the letter why the money was withdrawn by the Department of Budget and Management. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)