Covering a presidential visit & an airport’s groundbreaking
It’s tough covering a presidential visit.
Especially if you’re from the private sector competing with all types of media & press people – plus the tight security – for that precious window of opportunity to take a photo of the president.
You get to learn, too, in an immediate crash course, how to walk backwards without hitting anybody while aiming your heavy photo gear and taking bursts of shots.
This was the case last April 28, 2009 when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo planed in for the Opening Ceremonies of Palaro 2009 at Tacloban City.
But before proceeding to the Palaro venue, she had to take care first of some other important matters – the groundbreaking ceremonies of the DZR (Tacloban) Airport Redevelopment Project and a press conference.
Finally, the long-awaited modernization of the Tacloban DZR Airport now seems to be taking shape with the groundbreaking rites.
- With additional photos by Ludette Ruiz.
- More photos at calle Zaragosa Productions
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Total cost for the DZR (Tacloban) Airport Redevelopment Project is estimated to amount to P4.1 billion which will be funded on a year-by-year basis by the national government under the General Appropriations Act. It is being implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) under Secretary Leandro Mendoza.
The Airport Development Project which has several components includes the construction of the New Terminal Building which has a floor area of 4,899.96 square meters with a project cost of P155 Million.
Now ongoing are two components of the development project namely, Asphalt Overlay of Runway and Construction of Shore Protection; and the Acquisition of lots for New Terminal Complex Area.
The ongoing Asphalt Overlay of Runway and Construction of Shore Protection component has a project cost of P625.50 Million. On the other hand, the ongoing acquisition of lots has a total cost of P130 Million. Scheduled for bidding is the last component which is the air navigational facilities which amounts to P230 Million.
The airport redevelopment was originally supposed to be coupled with the construction of the Bacolod-Silay Airport under the Selected Airports Development Project of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). While the construction of the Bacolod-Silay Airport was completed, the DZR Airport was left behind.
In terms of passenger volume, the DZR Airport was ranked in 2007 as the seventh busiest airport in the country, next to Mactan-Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro and Caticlan. Total passenger volume in 2006 was 400,000; 521,000 in 2007 and soared to 627,000 last year.
There are currently three airline companies plying the Tacloban-Manila-Tacloban route and the Tacloban-Cebu-Tacloban route. There are at least four daily flights to Cebu and Tacloban, and at least 9 daily flights from Manila to Tacloban and vice versa.
Source: PIA Reg 8 & Leyte First Movement