UPDATE June 21, 2012: For everybody’s information, the photos shown here were done during the time when the city government of Tacloban was proposing to handle the construction of a new airport terminal. This never got off the ground – in other words, it’s CANCELLED – as management of airports and terminals in the Philippines lies under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation & Communications (DoTC). The latest news update can be gleaned here >>> http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=Work-on-Tacloban-airport-rehab-expected-to-start-in-fourth-quarter&id=52341
The photos and blog remain here only for reference and posterity purposes.
Finally, it’s here!!!
After being on the drawing board for about 10 years now, the rehabilitation of the DZR Airport now seems to be preparing for final take off!
So, without further ado, (drum roll, please…) here’s a peek on the preliminary studies of the proposed new DZR Airport Terminal Building designed by Danilo M. Fuentebella, FUAP, of D. M. Fuentebella Architects & Associates.
I have to emphasize here, however, that these plans are still considered “preliminary studies.” Hence, everything is still subject to change. Nevertheless, while viewing the sketches shown below, I couldn’t help but wear a big smile on my face. Man, about time, indeed!!!
The Tacloban City government has proposed to undertake the airport’s rehabilitaion project once it gets the MOA with the Dept. of Transportation & Communications (DOTC). Hopefully the City government could start the final drawings sometime this month as soon as the MOA is approved with the DOTC. Under the proposed scheme, the City will operate the terminal and the parking area while the DOTC will handle the runway and tower rehabilitation projects.
Construction of the the proposed new DZR Airport Terminal Building alone has been estimated to cost anywhere between PhP400M to 500M.
No less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself has reiterated the government’s commitment to upgrade the Tacloban Airport into Eastern Visayas’ first alternate international airport to boost the region’s bid to become a viable tourism destination.
The upgrade aims to improve the airport’s facilities to current aviation standards and cope with the increasing air traffic demand of Tacloban City and the whole of Eastern Visayas region.
The modernization of the airport has been repeatedly delayed after a botched financing plan which originally involved P1.3B funding from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation with the national government giving a counterpart fund of around P600M.
The original project envisioned the construction of a new two-storey passenger terminal building equipped with two passenger loading bridges, departure and arrival baggage conveyors, one escalator, three elevators, a flight information display system and security equipment.
Besides the passenger terminal building, a separate new and larger cargo terminal building is also being planned to cope with the demand. All necessary new air navigational facilities and equipment will also be installed to certify the facility as one of the country’s secondary international airports.
The country’s other alternate international airports, according to the Air Transportation Office, are at Laoag City in Ilocos Sur, General Santos City, Zamboanga City and Davao City.
In the Eastern Visayas region, the Tacloban Airport is considered a ‘‘trunkline’’ airport with secondary airports at Catarman, Calbayog and Ormoc and ‘‘feeder’’ airports at Biliran, Borongan, Catbalogan, Guian, Hilongos and Maaasin.
My special thanks to Architect Danny M. Fuentebella, FUAP, for allowing me to post these sketches for the benefit of this blog’s readers.
Update (March 10, 2008):
Many are asking what’s the current status of the proposed project. Arch. Danny Fuentebella says City Hall is just waiting for the MOA to be signed between them (Tacloban City Government) and DOTC. PGMA already expressed her nod on the project when she came to Tacloban last December.