Rehabilitation, upgrading of airport to boost Siquijor’s tourism

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The Siquijor airport rehabilitation and upgrading project, which is now ongoing, will boost the tourism in Siquijor once travel to the island is allowed.

On Thursday, April 22, the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Visayas together with the Provincial Government of Siquijor conducted an ocular visit to the said airport.

Undersecretary Anthony Gerard Ybañez Gonzales represented Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino during the visit.

Also present during the activity were IATF-Visayas Chief Implementor ret. M/Gen. Mel Feliciano and Engr. Ricardo Mendoza of OPAV.

The passenger terminal building, powerhouse, and the vehicular parking area of the airport were completed in October last year. This new airport is part of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's Build, Build, Build Program.

Siquijor Governor Zaldy Villa and Congressman Jake Vincent Villa who were also present during the visit expressed their gratitude to the Administration’s generous funding of P68 million for the terminal and P500-million for the runway.

The Department of Public Works and Highways Region VII spearheaded the construction of the terminal and runway following a grant of exception from P350-million limit.

The administration also provided additional funding of P450-million to extend the runway equivalent to that of Dumaguete Airport’s runway length and another P350 million to expand or widen the runway to accommodate bigger planes.

The bidding for the runway extension project will start next month.

The governor and Congressman Villa expressed optimism that more tourists will flock to the province once the new airport will begin its operation.

Governor Zaldy also revealed that they already made a master plan or urban plan of their province.

Siquijor will receive P1 million for the Masterplan from Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) with their direct coordination with TIEZA Board Member Mark Lapid.

The Siquijor airport project is made possible with the support of President Duterte and then-Special Assistant to the President, now Senator, Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. (PR)