CLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and its attached agencies have completed a total of 120 projects in various domestic and international airports all over the country.
The DOTr, under the leadership of Secretary Arthur Tugade, pursue initiatives in all of the transportation sectors with the aim of "making the lives of Filipinos more comfortable."
The completed projects include the Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA), which began feasibility study in 2000. The airport's construction started in June 2015, with 48 percent slippage upon transition to the current administration, and inaugurated in November 2018.
The new terminal of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which was delayed for 11 months in 2016, was inaugurated in 2017 and is now fully operational.
The Sangley Airport in Cavite, which already had initial construction works last year, underwent full blast construction this year and was inaugurated last February 15.
The Lal-Lo International Airport, inaugurated in March 2018, now has an upgraded runway capable of handling bigger aircrafts. It received its first international commercial flight in 2018.
The Tacloban Airport's expanded passenger terminal building was inaugurated in March 2018.
Rehabilitation works for the Ormoc Airport have been completed in July 2019, after the airport was severely damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) back in 2013.
The Puerto Princesa International Airport's new passenger terminal building was completed in May 2017.
The San Vicente Airport, also in Palawan, was inaugurated in May 2018 and can now accommodate light aircrafts and chartered flights.
Domestic airports also underwent improvements. These include the gateways in Camiguin, Virac, Tuguegarao, Catarman, Laoag, Maasin, Lubang, Camiguin, Romblon, Masbate, Busunga, Bukidnon, Surigao, Siargao, Antique, Cauayan, among others.
Another key aviation project is the Communications, Navigation, Surveillance/Air Traffic Management. The implementation of this project was 10 years delayed. Now, the system is fully operational, bringing the erstwhile total of 3 radars to currently 13 and ensuring 100 percent coverage of Philippine airspace for aviation safety.
Ongoing airport projects include the Bicol International Airport which was delayed for 11 years and is now more than halfway complete; the second passenger terminal building of the Clark International Airport; the Davao International Airport; Bukidnon Airport; Surigao Airport; and Kalibo Airport.