After 11 years of delay and work, the Bicol International Airport (BIA) in Barangay Alobo, Daraga has finally opened its doors to the public on Thursday (October 7).
The project was kickstarted by the current administration five years ago with President Rodrigo Duterte leading the airport’s groundbreaking.
Similarly, this year’s inauguration, which celebrates the project’s completion, was spearheaded by the president himself alongside his long-time aid Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
In his speech, Duterte acknowledged the positive changes the BIA will bring in the Bicol region. Likewise, he praised the people and organizations that helped the project come to fruition.
“It is my pleasure to join you today the completion of this world place Bicol International Airport brings pride and joy to provide transportation to those who will travel to and from the Bicol region,” the president said.
“This airport is the most scenic in the country that would allow better connectivity. On this note, I urged the management and staff to provide safety standard modern airport to ensure passengers get the best service they deserve,” he added.
The Php 4.7-billion project, undertaken through the administration’s flagship infrastructure program Build Build Build, is expected to boost tourism, job opportunities, and connectivity in the Bicol Region.
It’s able to accommodate two million passengers annually, improving overall air traffic and arrivals in the area.
Here’s what it looks like now!
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Image credit: Department of Transportation (DOTr)