Bicol RDC Chairperson visits international airport project site

Bicol Regional Development Council (RDC) Chairperson and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal visited the ongoing Bicol International Airport Development Project (BIADP) in Daraga, Albay last May 17, 2021. Together with NEDA Regional Director Agnes Tolentino and CAAP Area 5 Manager Cynthia Tumanut, they were briefed by the project manager, Engr. Jose Giron of the DOTr. As of May 19, 2021, the project posted an overall physical accomplishment of 83.4 percent and is targeted to be completed by the end of June, 2021. Package 2A, which involves the construction of landside facilities, is 94.9 percent completed. Package 2B, which involves the construction of passenger terminal building and runway extension, is 75.3 percent completed. Following the site visit of DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade last May 13, 2021, it was announced that the airport will start operations by December 2021.

One concern that was raised during the site visit is the runway, whose 2,500 meter length cannot be fully maximized due to the obstruction on one end by the Kiimantong Hill, and on the other end by the transmission towers of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines. In consideration of the future development of the airport, and to ensure that the airport will be able to keep up with potential increase in traffic in the future, it is deemed important to address the runway limitations at this point in time. The proposal to further extend the runway will be discussed during the third quarter Infrastructure Development Committee meeting in August.