Friday, November 7, 2014

A Year After Typhoon Yolanda: 3 Airports, 14 Ports Fully Rehabilitated

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Less than one year since Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the country’s belt from the Eastern Visayas to Northern Palawan, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) have completed several key rehabilitation projects of various airports and seaports to help regain normalcy in the affected regions.

“In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, we saw that the resilience of the Filipino people is truly remarkable. To speed up recovery in the affected regions, transportation agencies have completed 3 airport and 14 seaport rehabilitation projects, in order to support the victims in their livelihood requirements and in the delivery of their basic needs,” said DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya.

Tacloban Airport was one of the most damaged transport facilities following the typhoon, but it now boasts of a refurbished passenger terminal building (PTB) with new floors and ceilings, walls, windows and doors, finishings, and other furniture. New safety and security equipment such as four (4) x-ray machines and 4 walk-through metal detectors have also been installed.

The airport’s Administration and Project Management Office (PMO) buildings have also been rehabilitated, whilethe fire station and perimeter fence reconstruction is ongoing.

Asphalt overlaying of Tacloban Airport’s runway is currently being undertaken, which is why operations arenow limited to small aircrafts.Despite being subject to rains and inclement weather, however, government is expediting these works in order to accommodate large aircrafts by January 2015.

These Tacloban Airport improvements are being implemented in the amount of P 43.65 million.

Kalibo, Roxas, Busuanga Airports Fully Rehabilitated

Meanwhile, three (3) other badly-hit airports have already been completely rehabilitated. These are: the Kalibo International Airport, which was completed last April; the Roxas Airport, completed last June; and the Busuanga Airport, which was fully rehabilitated just last month.

The Kalibo and Busuanga airports cater to tourists visiting the country’s renowned beaches, while the Roxas airport serves over 200,000 passengers per year as a main gateway to the whole island of Panay.

Completed Port Projects

In terms of maritime projects, fourteen (14) ports have also been completely rehabilitated in the total amount of P 41.2 million. These entailed civil works such as the construction of access roads and storage facilities, and the rehabilitation of causeways and seawalls.

The fully-rehabilitated ports are the following:

· Port of Naval in Biliran
· The Ports of Danao, San Carlos, and Pulupandan in Negros Occidental
· The Ports of Coron, Culion, Cuyo, and El Nido in Palawan
· Port of Matnog in Sorsogon
· The Ports of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Pasacao in Albay
· Port of Maasin in Southern Leyte
· Sta. Fe Port in Bantayan, Cebu

More Projects in the Pipeline

Apart from the improvements above, CAAP also has ongoing rehabilitation works for the Ormoc andGuiuan Airports.

The DOTC and PPA have forty-four (44) more port rehabilitation projects which are either ongoing or in the pipeline. The Cebu Ports Authority has one (1) remaining project for Poro Port, and the Philippine Coast Guard has fourteen (14) projects lined up.

Two (2) Land Transportation Office buildings are also currently being rehabilitated in Naval and Ormoc, while three (3) others will follow in Carigara, Palompon, and Tacloban. Lastly, the Tacloban office of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is also set to be rehabilitated.

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  1. It's good to know that Tacloban is now doing fine after what happened last year. I just hope that the government officials won't try to steal the money that should be provided to the victims and that the people who are helping those victims of the disastrous typhoon Yolanda will continue to give support until the victims can stand on their own again and Tacloban as a whole is back to normal.

  2. After one year, I'm happy to know that our government is doing something to make the lives of the people in Tacloban better. I know that it's hard to move on after what happened to them so I'm grateful that the government still remember their duty in our country.

  3. What a great relief not only to the affected families, but also to our whole nation. First of all, I would like to acknowledge the never-ending support that the government has given to the families in Tacloban. It's nice to know that our government continues to give efforts in sustaining the foundation of the formerly ravaged establishments. After a year, it's relieving how much they've improved, not only the establishments but also the affected families. I hope the government will continue what they have started, and that is to rebuild for a better new life. :)

  4. After a year, it is impressive to see the improvements of the establishments that were destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda. It's a good thing to know that Tacloban is now improving by the help of the government and other countries. They are rebuilding a better pace and life for those affected families before. I'm really grateful to the government and to those people qho are willing to help the province after the tragedy. I hope that the government will continue to support and finish what they've started to beautify the place. :)


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