THE Department of Transportation (DOTr) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), together with the provincial government of Marinduque, led the inauguration of the airport’s rehabilitated passenger terminal building (PTB) and runway extension project yesterday.
Guests of honor were Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Ed Monreal, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade together with DOTr Aviation and Airports Undersecretary Capt. Manuel Antonio Tamayo, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Hope Libiran, Department of Tourism (DoT) Assistant Secretary for Mindanao and Palawan Myra Paz Abubakar and CAAP Deputy Director General for Administration MGen. Ricardo Banayat, AFP (Ret.).
Located in Barangay Masiga in the municipality of Gasan, Marinduque, the rehabilitation project for the airport’s passenger terminal building (PTB), which cost P9,099,581.12 was implemented through the DOTr.
CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio said the construction started on April 11, 2016 and was completed on March 4, 2018. The rehabilitation project improved the 560 sqm. PTB by dropping the height of its ceiling, installing air conditioning units and X-ray machines, and replacing its accordion walls with glass walls, making it more convenient, safer, and more secure, unlike its previous design. The PTB is now also equipped with CCTV cameras.
On November 9, 2018, the concreting project of the airport’s runway was also completed. Implemented by CAAP, the P12,750,429.71 project increased the usable runway length to 1,533 meters of concrete from the previously 1,400 meters asphalt runway. The concreting enabled the airport to accommodate turbo prop aircraft such as ATR and Q400.