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Regional Body in Region 8 Enhances Inspection of Tacloban Airport Development

By Sarwell Meniano

In Tacloban City, the Regional Development Council (RDC) is intensifying its oversight of the Tacloban Airport development project following delays in the construction of the passenger terminal building.

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), acting as the RDC secretariat, announced on Tuesday that the Regional Project Monitoring Committee and the Multi-Agency Core Group have scheduled regular inspections to ensure the timely completion of the airport project.

Evangeline Paran, head of the NEDA regional project monitoring and evaluation division, stated that the monitoring team is set to visit the site on April 16, marking two months since their last inspection on Feb. 20.

The airport is a top priority project for monitoring. Everyone is eager to see the completion of this project,” Paran told the Philippine News Agency.

Based on the latest monitoring report, the first phase of the PHP761.91 million airport terminal building construction is just 73.39 percent complete after four years of civil works.

The project is up for completion on May 26, 2024, based on the revised timetable from the original May 31, 2022 schedule.

The insufficient construction materials prompted the contractor to reduce manpower last year, causing the delay, said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

Likewise contributing to the delay is the increase in daily planned accomplishments, according to CAAP, an attached agency of the Department of Transportation.

Also ongoing are the PHP334 million two phases of site acquisition activities of the Tacloban City government.

The national government has also set aside PHP500 million to construct airport facilities.

Another ongoing project is the PHP1.05 billion second phase of the passenger terminal building, which started on Jan. 26, 2024, and is up for completion after two years.

Phase 3 of the terminal building needs a funding requirement of PHP1 billion.

Paran said they are committed to monitoring the progress of the project, seen to be fully completed in 2028.

Aside from RDC members from the government and private sector, the core group tasked with monitoring the project is composed of the Department of Public Works and Highways, DOTr, CAAP, Tacloban City Government, Tingog Party List, and Office of House Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez.

The Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban is one of the country’s busiest, with 36 daily flights between Manila and Cebu.

The airport in the regional capital ranked as the country’s 7th busiest in 2022, with 1,489,803 inbound and outbound passengers.

Named after Daniel Z. Romualdez, former speaker of the House of Representatives, the airport serves as the main gateway from Manila and Cebu to Eastern Visayas. (PNA)

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