The ‘much-improved’ and ‘modernized’ Butuan Airport is now ready to serve the Filipino public, according to the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

The airport – located in the province of Agusan del Norte – is part of DOTr’s many development projects, which aim to upgrade existing airports in the country. 

As part of the Butuan Airport’s upgrade, Malasakit Hall was enhanced to accommodate more services. The hall now hosts a clinic, a childcare room, passenger lounge, prayer room, washroom, at concession space. 

“Ang Malasakit Hall ay mangsisilbing one-stop-shop para sa mga pasahero. Mayroon itong clinic para sa mga minor emergencies, childcare room na may area para sa breastfeeding at pagpalit ng diaper, passenger lounge, prayer room, washroom, at concession space,” Transportation Secretary Art Tugade said. 

Apart from this, the airport’s runway was also updated – a new runway asphalt overlay has been installed. 

“Inayos din natin ang runway ng airport sa pamamagitan ng asphalt overlay. Dahil dito, mas magiging seamless, smooth at ligtas na ang paglapag ng mga eroplano,” Tugade explained.

He said the new features will make travel for passengers ‘more convenient’ and ‘comfortable.’

“Dahil sa natapos na one-stop shop na ito, mas magiging kumportable at kumbinyente na ang travel experience ng ating mga kababayan.”

Tugade noted that they also conducted renovations inside Butuan Airport, specifically repair and repainting works on the exterior and interior.

With the completion of the project, DOTr expects the economy, tourism, and employment in the region to improve significantly. 

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