The construction of Bicol International Airport in Daraga, Albay is now 74.13% complete and that round-the-clock construction has been ordered to ensure its completion this year.
This was stressed by House Committee on Ways and Means chairperson Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, the main proponent of the airport construction.
“The Department of Transportation is moving very quickly to get this done. The people of Albay can rest assured that I will continue to make the necessary interventions to finish our international airport this year,” Salceda said.
The airport, billed as the “Most Scenic Gateway” in the country, is nearing its completion, as Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade ordered for 24/7 construction.
As of 03 February 2021, Package 2A of the BIA development project is 89.784% complete. Construction works in Package 2A cover the airport’s landside facilities, such as the Administration Building, Air Traffic Control Building, Crash Fire Rescue Building, and the Maintenance Building.
Meanwhile, Package 2B of the airport project is now 52.699 percent complete. Package 2B, covers the construction of the passenger terminal building (PTB), taxiway, runway extension, and other site development works.
Once completed, the BIA, which features the iconic Mayon Volcano as its backdrop, is expected to serve a total of 2 million airline passengers every year. Salceda says the new airport will boost Legazpi City’s bid to become the convention capital of the country.
“We are already one of the most tourist-frequented provinces in the country, and with BIA, I expect Albay to eventually become the country’s convention capital. More importantly, having an international airport will boost our efforts to attract investments and trade,” Salceda said.
Salceda says that he is also pushing for infrastructure that will complement the airport.
“The four-pronged approach to connecting Albay to the world will be port, airport, road, and rail. I am intervening on behalf of the province to fast-track developments in the PNR South Long Hail project, and to complete the Toll Road 5 line of the South Luzon Expressway, the final segment that would connect SLEX with Matnog, Sorsogon,” Salceda said.
“Of course, we also need to connect Albay from coast to coast, and to connect upland and lowland. My district office will continue its efforts to get these roads built,” Salceda added.
“I’m already in dicsussions with the economic managers and with the transport sector managers to see how else we can improve infrastructure in the province. Several business groups are also deeply interested in private-public partnerships to build our infrastructure,” Salceda said.
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