DZR airport terminal completion assured

February 11, 2020
Martin Romualdez and Arthur Tugade
TERMINAL COMPLETION. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (right) personally went to the office of House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez (left) to discuss the design of the new Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport project to be completed in December 2021. Photo by Ver Noveno

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur Tugade has assured the completion by December 2021 of the proposed new, safe and comfortable Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) at the Daniel Z. Romualdez (DZAR) Airport in Tacloban City, Leyte.

Tugade made the assurance in a letter dated February 5 to House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, who chairs the House Committee on Rules.

“Please be informed that the construction of the new terminal building shall be implemented by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and funding thereof was downloaded to it through a memorandum of agreement,” said Tugade, who earlier made a promise to finish the project.

“Together, we will make the Tacloban Airport a project of pride,” said Tugade.

Tugade was responding to Romualdez’s letter dated February 4, inquiring on the construction of the new terminal to address the air passenger traffic at DZAR.

The air passenger traffic at the Tacloban Airport rose by 21.38 percent in the first semester of 2018 primarily due to additional flights to the regional capital, airport and tourism officials confirmed on Thursday.

In his letter, Tugade said the actual implementation and construction of the New Passenger Terminal Building is expected to begin in August.

“The target completion is in December 2021, since after the completion of the DED (Detailed Engineering Design) in March 2020, the procurement period normally takes three to four months,” said Tugade.

He said the Detailed Engineering Design of the PTB is now ongoing and will be completed next month.

“The DED is being prepared by a consultant (Urban Integrated Consultants, Inc.). In fact, on January 31, the consultant presented the initial concept design,” the DOTC chief said.

“The DED is originally scheduled to be completed in April 2020, but we requested the consultant to expedite the same by March 2020,” said Tugade.