Duterte thanked for boosting Yolanda rehab

LEYTE Rep. Martin Romualdez has thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for rushing the rehabilitation and recovery projects in the province which was hit by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

More than five years after Typhoon Yolanda, Leyte is not only back on its feet but is on its way to full recovery, Romualdez said.

“President Duterte was very instrumental in fast-tracking the recovery post-Yolanda. Now, it’s my turn to help him realize his vision for the country through legislation,” said Romualdez after attending the inauguration of the Ormoc Airport Development Project late afternoon Friday.

Romualdez joined President Duterte in the inauguration rites for the P34-million airport rehabilitation project, which included the renovation of the terminal building as well as the construction of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines administration building.

“President Duterte, when he was still Davao City mayor, was the first to rush aid to Leyte when Yolanda ravaged our province more than five years ago. We have not forgotten this, and we will be forever grateful for his concern for our people,” Romualdez said.

“Hindi pa rin tayo nakalimutan ng Pangulo nang maupo na siya sa Malacanang. This airport project is an example how his no-nonsense approach in governance prompted officials to rush the completion of projects in Leyte,” he added.

Sen. Bong Go, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino, Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez and other officials attended the event graced by the President.

The terminal improvements in Ormoc started in February 2018 and were completed end of May last year. The airport’s total area expanded from 150 square meters (sqm) to 1,350 sqm., accommodating more passengers and larger aircraft.

In 2018, the Ormoc Airport catered to over 1,200 passengers and accommodated more than 80,000 aircraft operations.

Aside from the Ormoc airport development project, Romualdez said President Duterte also approved the allocation of P716 million for the Tacloban Airport terminal building construction project.

WIth Jezreel Biscocho