DOTr Earmarks Nightrating To 4 Mindanao Airports in 2018

10 April 2018

Four more domestic airport is scheduled to be rated for night flights next year as the Department of Transport (DOTr) schedules bid for the supply and installation of Intrument Landing Systems (ILS) and Distance Measuring Equipments (DMEs), and night lights installation to four domestic airports in Mindanao.

DOTr identified the airports of Cotabato, Dipolog, Ozamiz, and Pagadian Cities as the beneficiaries of the state of the art equipment which will be made operational next year.

The Transport Department said the first airport to be installed with ILS equipment are those with existing operational runway and apron lights.

According to Department of Budget and Management (DBM) they already allotted a budget of ₱986 million to equip the airports in northwestern Mindanao and Cotabato with ILS and DME technology together with support equipment that will allow them to operate at night.

Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Friday that they have already allotted ₱188 million for the Cotabato Airport, ₱253 million for Dipolog Airport, ₱301 million for Ozamis Airport and ₱244 million for Pagadian Airport.

Installation of ILS, DME and other support equipment has a price tag of at least ₱225.5 million.

Together with these projects Diokno also said that they will bid out the Operations and Maintenance contract of Davao and Laguindingan airports before the end of the year so that airport expansion will begin next year for completion in 2021.

"Davao Airport, we estimate that to be about ₱40.6 billion, and Laguindigan Airport another ₱14.6 billion," he said.

Contract for Davao airport includes construction of full parallel taxiway, Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) and cargo terminal building expansion, and tarmac expansion, while Laguindingan airport involves expansion of terminal building and airport apron.

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