MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday announced that it is now taking measures to expedite the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley airport in Cavite to meet the operational timeline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a post on its Facebook page, the DOTr said that the 24/7 construction of Sangley airport has already been ordered by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, as well as the hiring of additional manpower and the implementation of the extended working hours.
The additional equipment will also be infused beginning Thursday, June 13.
“Whatever it takes, we need to make sure that the directive of the President is delivered. Hire more manpower to work 24/7. Kailangan matapos ‘yan on or before the timeline set by President Duterte,” Tugade said in a statement.
The President earlier ordered the transfer of domestic flights to Sangley port in Cavite to reduce the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia).
Duterte was also reported to be considering a revamp of airport officials following reports on flight delays and cancellations in NAIA last weekend.
The DOTr said that in compliance with the directive for the accelerated construction of the Sangley airport, a task force has been formed.
Its members include representatives from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), Philippine Air Force (PAF), the ferry system and the project contractor.
According to DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, critical developments in the project are well underway, including the construction of runway, apron, Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), its power supply, drainage system, and site development.
Lopez said that the DOTr will be working closely with CAAP on the project’s civil works aspect “so that the support facilities can be immediately incorporated for the airport to commence operations at the soonest time possible.”
A synchronization matrix will also be submitted as a guide for monitoring.
The agency added that an ocular was also held on the possible site of the ferry station. The project’s contractor was given two months to build the port, according to regulations of the Philippine Ports Authority, CAAP, PAF, and the Philippine Navy.
Tugade earlier mentioned the testing of ferries that can operate from Mall of Asia to Sangley within 18 to 24 minutes.
The DOTr said that the contractor is expected to submit a weekly report on the project’s progress.
A weekly site inspection will also be undertaken to closely monitor the construction progress.
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