After years of being in the works, the new Siquijor Airport has now been inaugurated by the Department of Transportation. 

The new infrastructure was officially unveiled on Thursday (August 26) as part of the DOTr’s Build, Build, Build initiative. 

According to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade, the airport was so run down that passengers had to sit on the grass while waiting for their flight. 

“Noon, umabot na sa puntong nakaupo na lamang sa damuhan ang mga pasahero sa Siquijor Airport sa Central Visayas, dahil luma, makipot, at napag-iwanan na ng panahon ang mga pasilidad nito. Sa katunayan, sampung (10) pasahero lamang ang kayang maserbisyuhan ng terminal nito,” he wrote in a Facebook post. 

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The department said the revitalization project involved the creation of a new passenger terminal building, a powerhouse, and a vehicle parking area. 

Tugade also mentioned that they were able to finish repair and maintenance work on the following areas of the airport ahead of its schedule: perimeter fence, concrete walk path, provision of the runway, taxiway, and the apron markers.

Apart from the new airport, Siquijor also received a new seaport – a project that started back in 2018. 

“The Siquijor port development, which started in 2018 and was formally completed early this year, doubles the vessel berthing capacity of the terminal to eight from the previous four vessels, thus enabling it to handle bigger, more sophisticated passenger vessels,” the department said.

“It likewise increased the number of Ro-Ro ramps to two, therefore reducing the queueing by more than half the time as well as equipped the terminal with enough capacity to handle a vessel up to 65 meters in length.”

Through the new infrastructures, DOTr hopes to improve the economic development in the region and boost tourism. 

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