CAAP: Refurbishing of Legazpi Airport Done

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay — The refurbishing of the Legazpi International Airport passenger terminal has been completed, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines announced Thursday.

The terminal, which cost P40 million to upgrade, now boasts improvements that make it environment-friendly, such as wide glass walls that allow natural light to illuminate the interior, reducing electricity use while offering a view of the runway back-dropped by iconic Mayon Volcano. It also has wider spaces, including separate international arrival and pre-departure areas, and enough seats to accommodate more than 500 passengers at a given time.

The terminal also houses the offices of the Bureau of Immigration, Customs and Human/Plant Quarantine and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The improvement of the Legazpi airport terminal was funded by revenues generated by the CAAP.

The airport can accommodate medium-sized commercial jets and military aircraft on its single runway.

It currently handles eight regular flights of Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and CebGo (Tiger Air) from Manila and Cebu, as well as international charters, mostly from China.

Although operating as a sunrise-sunset facility due to the ongoing improvement and installation of its instrument landing system, the airport can handle night landings and take-offs upon prior notice.

Asked why the terminal was refurbished when the new South Luzon, or Bicol International Airport, is being built and expected to be completed in the next five years, Cynthia Tumanut, the manager of Area Center V and Legazpi airport said they “could not just sit and watch with blank face at the difficulties and discomforts being experienced by passengers due to cramped space and insufficient vents system of the old passenger terminal.”

Area Center V covers the Legazpi, Masbate, Naga, Sorsogon, Virac, Bulan and Daet airports.

Source: Eric B. Apolonio,

Bidding woes hound Legazpi Airport



LEGAZPI CITY—Construction at Southern Luzon International Airport in Barangay (village) Alobo, Daraga town, Albay province, has been delayed for almost a year now after being put on hold by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), said Albay Gov. Joey Salceda.

Salceda on Friday has expressed dismay over the delay that, he said, was being caused by technical problems in the bidding process despite an initial P970-million funding that should hasten construction of the airport runway. He said the delay had pushed back project completion beyond the target date of 2016.

Salceda said the project should have been started this year but because of the May national and local elections, the project has been put on hold by the DOTC.

He cited another drawback after the project was awarded to Sunwest Construction Corp. in October 2012. The award was questioned by other bidders, who pointed out flaws in the bidding process, prompting the DOTC to raise the case to the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for resolution.

The OSG, after hearing the case, issued a ruling awarding the construction project to Sunwest, and the DOTC thereafter issued a notice to proceed on Aug. 6 this year. Another cause of delay was when Sunwest Corp., which is based in this city and owned by Elizaldy Co, asked that it be reimbursed losses incurred when the heavy equipment they used were destroyed by lawless elements as the company was preparing the village for the project’s full implementation.

Co has reportedly been identified as an ally of the previous Arroyo administration. He is a brother of Ako Bicol Rep. Christopher Co. Sunwest’s request for reimbursement is pending for consideration of the DOTC, triggering another ground for delay of the project, Salceda said.

Read more:
Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook