DOTr inaugurates modernized Calbayog Airport in Samar

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 5, 2021   •   79

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) formally inaugurated the modernized Calbayog Airport in Calbayog City, Samar on Wednesday (May 5).

The improvement and modernization of the Calbayog Airport include the construction of the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), new apron, and new taxiway.  Completed works also include the widening of the runway.

Once operation begins, Calbayog Airport will serve as the ‘complementary airport’ of the Tacloban Airport and will be able to accommodate a total of 450 passengers from the previous 76 passengers. It will also cater to jet aircraft operations.

CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco said the modernized Calbayog Airport can boost the Eastern Visayas region’s economic development.

Over 300 more direct jobs will be opened once the new developments are operational. AAC

MIAA records P13.9 billion remittance from 2016 to 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) has reached a remittance of P13.9 billion in dividends to the National Government from 2016 to 2019.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade lauds the MIAA for its achievement which surpassed its total remittances in the last 20 years.

“MIAA’s performance in four years show consistent good fiscal management. My congratulations to the men and women of the MIAA, with the leadership of GM Ed Monreal, for your sterling numbers. The Filipino people stand to benefit from your good work,” he said.

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal reiterated the agency’s commitment to further enhance the financial management as well as improve the infrastructure and operations of NAIA.

“Ultimately, our fiscal performance should resonate in our efforts in making each airport passenger satisfied beyond expectations,” he said. AAC

Manila South Harbor facility converted to COVID-19 isolation site now open – DOTr

Robie de Guzman   •   April 28, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines – The Eva Macapagal Super Terminal quarantine facility in Manila South Harbor, which was converted into a COVID-19 isolation site, formally opened Tuesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced.

The facility was initially set up to accommodate repatriated seafarers and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) undergoing mandatory quarantine, but it was retrofitted into an isolation facility due to the surge in coronavirus infections in the country, the DOTr said.

“With the conversion and retrofitting, asymptomatic patients and patients with mild symptoms can now be accommodated and treated in the facility,” the department said in a statement.

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Jay Daniel Santiago that COVID-19 patients will be placed in a 55-bed capacity isolated quadrant identified as Section A.

“Makakaasa po kayo na kung kakailanganing magdagdag ng pasilidad po para ma-expand ‘yung 55-bed capacity na ‘to. Handa po ang Philippine Ports Authority at ang Philippine Coast Guard, sa ilalim po ng Department of Transportation, na tayo po ay makipag-kapit-bisig sa Department of Health at iba pa pong ahensya para matugunan po ang pangangailangang ito,” Santiago was quoted as saying in the same statement.

The DOTr said the facility has a 211-bed capacity divided into four sections for patients, health staffers, and other essential workers.

Section B will house the health staff and other essential workers, while Sections C and D will continuously cater to personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard and PPA who contracted the virus but are asymptomatic or showing mild symptoms, it added.

Two tunnel boring machines now on site for PH first Metro Manila Subway

Marje Pelayo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The much awaited Metro Manila Subway project is expected to begin soon, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said in a statement on Monday, April 26.

The agency said two of the tunnel boring machines are already set up at the site for the job.

The DOTr said all parts of the mega equipment were completed on Thursday (April 22) at the stockyard in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

All minor parts and accessories, meanwhile, have been stored for safekeeping at the SFTE-JV Warehouse in Valenzuela City.

The DOTr expects the beginning of the actual boring for the Metro Manila Subway Project known as the ‘Project of the Century’ before the end of this year.

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