LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) — The construction of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) in Albay, one of the flagship infrastructure projects under the “BUILD, BUILD, BUILD” program of the Duterte Administration, is moving at an accelerated 79.94% overall progress rate.
In a press statement, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said the BIA construction is making great headway after almost 13 years of delay.
“Under the current administration of our strong-willed President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, and with the visionary leadership of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, the BIA project is finally moving at an accelerated pace,” the DOTR said in a press statement.
The DOTR cited that the original pre-feasibility study of the Bicol International Airport (BIA) predates back in 1996, and the Notice to Proceed for the construction of said project was given in 2003. However, actual construction only commenced in 2016.
As reported, the Package 2A of the airport development project, which covers the construction of landside facilities and other buildings, is 93.71% complete of 19 April 2021.
Meanwhile, Package 2B, covering the construction of the PTB and runway extension, as well as the construction of the taxiway, drainage, and other site development works, is 64.61% complete.
Once completed, the airport is set to serve a total of two (2) million passengers every year, which will surely boost air traffic and tourist arrivals in the region.
For Secretary Tugade, the fulfillment of this long-awaited major transport project for the Bicolanos, is a powerful statement of President Duterte’s desire to see significant improvement across regions, which he recognized and pushed for its realization, with the help and full support of the DOTr aviation sector, along with other government agencies and the LGUs.
Envisioned to be a key infrastructure projects under the “BUILD, BUIILD, BUILD” program, the airport will pave the way for the Albay province and the Bicol Region to be transformed into an economic powerhouse, which will greatly benefit the Bicolanos for years ahead, with vast opportunities for more jobs, entrepreneurial opportunities, and the potential boom in tourism. (PIA5/Albay/DOTR)