New Tacloban airport terminal construction to start before end of the year

THE DESIGN for the planned new airport terminal building in Tacloban City has been approved and construction is expected to start before the end of this year. Leyte 1st District Rep. Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez made the announcement last week following a meeting with Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines General Manager Jim C. Sydiongco. “After a productive meeting with CAAP General Manager Jim Sydiongco, we were informed that construction of the main terminal building will begin before the end of 2020,” he said. The Tacloban airport, officially named Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport, is the main hub in the Eastern Visayas Region. The new terminal building has a budget of P694.6 million, based on the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr)     bid documents released in 2018. The detailed design was supposedly completed in March, but was delayed by the lockdowns. The original target completion date was December 2021. “We are beyond happy with this development — the construction and expansion of a new airport has always been part of our priorities as a member of the House of Representatives since 2007,” Mr. Romualdez said.

Calandagan Island in Palawan gets power supply

AN 88-kilowatt diesel-fired generator is now supplying electricity to Calandagan Island in Palawan, state-owned National Power Corporation (Napocor) announced Tuesday via its Facebook page. The power source, Napocor’s fourth off-grid area to electrify this year, will initially run for eight hours a day. The power company said the Palawan provincial government set up a powerhouse and the distribution lines for the project. The three other off-grid projects completed this year are in the following areas: Mangsee Island, also in Palawan; Cabra in Lubang Islands, Occidental Mindoro; and Batan in Rapu-rapu, Albay. Napocor is also set to power Bisucay Island in Cuyo, Palawan soon. The company manages 277 small power utilities group across 183 municipalities in 35 provinces across the country. — Adam J. Ang