Clark International Airport expansion project to finish in 2020—DOTr
Aileen Cerrudo • March 28, 2019 • 2962
The expansion project for the Clark International Airport in Pampanga is already 53 percent complete. It will be completed in 2020, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).
The DOTr inspected the construction site on Wednesday (March 27) to check the status of the project. It will expand Clark International Airport by 100,000 square meters.
Once construction is finished in 2020, the airport can accommodate around 80 million passengers compared to the current capacity of 4 million passengers.
According to DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade, this is one of the solutions to lessen congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“If you have facility to an existing facility theoretically you are addressing the congestion how will it address? Of course you are now giving the travelling public the option NAIA or Clark? Clark becomes a very valid option because in 2 1/2 years you will see the train you will see the connections with SCTEX,” he said.
Tugade adds, this will also generate jobs for residents of Central Luzon.
The transportation department will also begin the construction of the second runway of the airport. This is to accommodate more flights and avoid delays such as the incident with Xiamen Air.
The president of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Jaime Melo said the runway will be around 2 kilometers (km) away from the first runway. He said it will be an independent simultaneous runway
“That means pwede pong lumapag ang aircraft sabay na sabay any end or maski magkabilang dulo but not on the same runway of course, (That means two aircraft can land at the same time, at any end but not on the same runway of course)” Melo adds.
The DOTr targets to finish the construction before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends.
The Clark International Airport is the second largest airport in the country.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reported that the construction of the Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22 percent complete more than three years after construction started.
In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr said that civil works of the underground/depressed, at-grade, and elevated guideway are in various stages of construction, while civil works of nine of the 14 stations are in full swing.
Trackwork installations are also ongoing.
“Likewise, the required rolling stock of 108 cars has been completed, and are awaiting shipment pending the availability of the depot/holding area,” it added.
The 22-kilometer MRT-7 will connect Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.
The line is expected to reduce travel time to 35 minutes from the current 2 to 3 hours.
The project is eyed to be completed by 2022, the DOTr said.
Officials of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have pledged to donate their 14th-month pay for the Mindanao quake relief efforts.
DOTr officials include DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, all undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and the heads of DOTr attached agencies.
During the flag ceremony on Tuesday (November 5) at the DOTr head office in Pampanga) Tugade said an initial amount of P1.2 million has already been raised with the said pledge, and it is expected to be doubled by tomorrow with more donations from DOTr employees.
“Hindi importante kung gaano kalaki ang maiambag. Ang mahalaga ay madevelop natin ang psyche ng pagtulong sa kapwa (it doesn’t matter how much we can donate, what’s important is that we all develop the psyche of helping others),” he said.—AAC
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