After being disfigured by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, the Ormoc Airport was left crumbling, according to the Department of Transportation.

And due to the damages it incurred from the devastating typhoon, it was deemed unsafe and unideal for use. 

“Kalunos-lunos ang estado ng Ormoc Airport sa Leyte sa napakatagal na panahon, matapos itong mapinsala ng Super Bagyong Yolanda noong 2013. Dahil dito, labis na delikado at halos hindi na mapakinabangan ang paliparan,” Tugade wrote in a Facebook post.

To address the situation, Transport Secretary Art Tugade said he sought the help of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and together they fast-tracked the overhaul of the airport. 

As part of its new look, Ormoc Airport received a new state-of-the-art passenger terminal building (PTB), which was complemented by modernized facilities. 

“Ngayon po, mayroon na itong STATE-OF-THE-ART PTB, at mas MODERN, PINATIBAY, at PINAGANDANG mga pasilidad!” Tugade shared.

The airport was also expanded and now sports a vehicular parking area, an upgraded power supply, and a new air-conditioning system. Besides this, service has also been streamlined with a CAAP Administration Building being erected inside the airport to help flyers. 

“Lumawak na rin ang buong airport at na-kumpleto na ang vehicular parking area, power supply, at air-conditioning system. Mayroon pang CAAP Administration Building ang airport, na nagbigay daan sa mas seamless at maayos na serbisyo para sa mga taga-Leyte,” the secretary added.

According to Tugade, the renewed Ormoc Airport significantly boosted tourism, the economy, and the livelihood of communities near it. 

“Naging susi rin ang airport development project sa pag-usbong na ekonomiya at turismo sa lugar, at pag-angat ng antas ng kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan,” Tugade said.

He noted that the airport serves as an alternate for the Tacloban Airport and will pave the way for more tourist visits in Leyte. 

“Sa kasalukuyan, ang Ormoc ay magsisilbing alternate airport para sa Tacloban Airport sa panahon ng kalamidad, at magiging gateway sa mga tourists destinations ng Leyte Province!”

Ormoc Airport was inaugurated in 2019 and has been operating for more than two years. 

See the before and after below!

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