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DOTr orders contractor to fast-track Antique airport project

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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has instructed project contractor Verzontal Construction to expedite the Antique Airport development project to enhance its operations.

DOTr undersecretary for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo made the directive during his meeting with Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Area 2 Cluster Manager Efren Nagrama, Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao and Rep. Loren Legarda last August 3.

“We have requested the contractor to fast-track the development of the Antique Airport to efficiently serve the region. To do this, we need the augmentation of workers and equipment, and extend the working hours from 8 to 12 hours,” said Tamayo.

He said the airport development project started in December 2016, hoping the construction of a new passenger terminal building (PTB), apron, taxiway, fire station building, power house, administration building, perimeter and security fence, vehicle parking area, and staff house will be completed before June 2020, two months ahead of original completion date of August 2020.

Legarda thanked the DOTr and CAAP for their effort to hasten the project which is expected to boost economic growth in the province.

Upon the request of Legarda, Verzontal Construction and the DOTr will submit the airport’s master plan, including the details of the PTB within two weeks.

The former senator also recommended the installation of solar panels, a vertical garden, rain catchment system, and non-corrosive materials for the airport.