Daraga Airport Rises

October 15, 2011

By Genivi Factao

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda announced development of the Southern Luzon International Airport (New Legaspi Airport) in Daraga, Albay is in full swing and is finding investors for the redevelopment of the old Legazpi airport when the new airport opens in 2014.

"We are just waiting for the bidding of the terminal of Daraga airport. The needed investment for the project is about P3.4 billion. The Legazpi airport is up for redevelopment; we will make it an integrated development like Singapore’s Sentosa," Salceda said at the sidelines of the Orgullo Kan Bikol held at Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall held recently.

Salceda said the Bicol region, particularly the twin airports of Naga and Legaspi has been growing in double digits as it slowly become one of the top tourist destination in the country.

International tourists to Albay in the first quarter numbered 54,000, up 51 percent from last year. This year, the province expects foreign tourists to hit 150,000.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is studying a proposal to bundle the privatization of the old Legazpi airport with the SLIA terminal construction.

Salceda said the airport is on the priority list of private-public partnership projects. The private sector is being enticed to develop the old Legazpi airport into something like Sentosa that can be linked to Ligñon Hill development.

Earlier, DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas said the terminal component of the project will be funded by ODA loans and funds coming from the GAA.

1 comment:

  1. Sana po mapabuti ang construction. I have just read some of the beautiful suggestion on how to make that airport on international standard. And I believe those are right comments. I been in Singapore and I saw that airport through and through. I spent over an hour there dringking hot chocolate while waiting for my flight. Kailangan talaga sa airport mayroon lugar na maaring mag relax, kumain o uminun nang kape ang pasahero. Okay rin yun sa Singapore- maganda at malaki,and strongly built,mayroon kunti na bahid nang airport nang France. France airport ay isa sa pinaka maganda na airport na nakita ko, pangalawa ay ang frankfurt, and Spain. I passed by so many airport there sa Europe, pero walang hihigit sa Ganda nang Shenzhen International airport. Kung papaghaloin nating ang ganda nang mga airport na ito- ang daraga ang may pina ka maganda na airport. Another thing, seguro pag aralan talaga na hindi magaya sa Ninoy Intl. airport. Kailangan mayroon ang airport na mga 75 years to 100+ ang airport mayroon projection bago e facelift ulit. Dapat na isipin po natin na ang bilis nang takbo nang panahon ngayun na computer age. Naniniwala ako na kaya yan nang mga bicolano bastat hindi tipirin at pag ramutan nang malaki ang construction. Salamat.