ORMOC CITY- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar assures the public during his visit here on Wednesday (March 14) that the rehabilitation of the Ormoc Airport Terminal Building will be completed this year.
According to DPWH Leyte Fourth District Engineer Lino Francisco C. Gonzalez, the first phase of the rehabilitation is now more than 30% complete.
As such, the Leyte Fourth District Engineering Office (DEO) is positive that the overall improvement of the building will be finished within the year.
The building was built exactly eight years ago but was severely damaged by super typhoon ‘Yolanda in 2013’. Since then, it has been unusable and has not undergone repair.
The facility suffered major damages when Ormoc was hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake July of last year.
But Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, upon seeing the dilapidated building, announced its repair through the collaboration of DOTr and DPWH.
Currently, the first phase of the rehabilitation amounting to P31 million is exactly 32.49% complete, while three more projects amounting to a total of P65 million, are set for the extended rehabilitation this year.
This will cover overall improvement of the said building, including high-quality facilities and amenities, as well as site development.
Once completed, the Ormoc City Airport will significantly improve the transportation, tourism, and economic development of the city as well as nearby municipalities. (PR)