MANILA, Apr 10 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III led on Wednesday the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Roxas City Airport Development Project that aims to boost tourism and stimulate economic development in Roxas City and other nearby towns in Capiz.
The groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of two major upgrades to the Roxas Airport: the expansion and improvement of the passenger terminal building (PTB) and the extension of the runway.
The two projects, with a combined approved budget for contract (ABC) of P48.1-million, were advertised for bidding on October 19, 2012 and were awarded to contractor MAC Builders on December 28, 2012, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
The PTB expansion project will increase the existing 875-sqm terminal’s size by 626 sqm, bringing up the total floor area to 1,511 sqm and bumping up its design capacity from 153,000 passengers/year to 291,000 passengers/year.
In 2012, the total number of passengers using the Roxas Airport hit 217,552, clearly exceeding its current capacity. The expansion project will relieve the congestion and lay the groundwork for future improvements.
The runway extension, on the other hand, will lengthen the runway from 1,890 m. to 2,010 m. The additional 120 m. will improve the safety of the Airbus A320 aircraft operating in the airport.
The two projects are part of a P215-million upgrade budgeted by the DOTC and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for Roxas Airport.
The other projects that are part of the upgrade include the installation of night landing facilities with a budget amounting to P91.5 million, runway asphalt overlay (P24.24 million), acquisition of new fire truck (P33.5 million), and site acquisition (P18 million).
These remaining projects are all in various stages of procurement.
The DOTC said the project aims to shore up the government’s goal to have at least 10 million tourists before President Aquino steps down in 2016, and in recognition of Roxas City as the country’s “seafood capital” where an increasing number of local and foreign tourists are expected to visit. (MNS)