New airport to rise in Bicol


MANILA, Philippines–The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Investment Coordination-Cabinet Committee has approved the construction of a new airport in Daraga, Albay.

The Neda ICC-CabCom approved the Bicol International Airport Project in a meeting on July 12, when the Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project was also given the go-ahead.

The new airport, described as a Principal Class 1 airport of international standards, will replace the existing Legazpi Airport, which is hampered by limitations and safety concerns.

Funding for the project, which was estimated to cost P4.799 billion, will come from the budget of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC).

“The project aims to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft operations through the construction of a new airport in Albay that meets international standards and practices, and enhance the accessibility of tourism destinations in the Bicol Region,” Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan said in a statement.

The project also involves the construction of landside and airside facilities, passenger and cargo terminal buildings and related facilities; installation of security and navigational aids equipment; preparation of detailed engineering design, and acquisition of land for the airport compound.

In the meantime, the ICC-CabCom in a separate meeting on July 3 approved proposed expansion of scope and cost adjustments or loan validity extension of four ongoing government projects.

With the expanded project scope for the Bridge Construction-Replacement Project, the total cost will increase to P4.97 billion from P3.186 billion. The project will receive a supplementary loan from Deutsche Bank S.A.E. under a Spanish Export Credit facility.

At the same time, the implementation period of the project will be extended from January 2012 to December 2015 while the list of bridges covered under the project will be modified.

The cost of the Saudi Fund for Development-assisted Mindanao Roads Improvement Project will also increase to P3.91 billion, P2.197 billion, and the implementation of the project will be moved from Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2014.

Other approved requests include the 24-month loan validity extension for the Laguindingan Airport Development Project of the DOTC and the extension and reallocation of Support for Strategic Local Development and Investment Project (SSLDIP) of Land Bank of the Philippines.

The DOTC sought for a two-year extension of the Korean Export-Import Bank loan and the Economic Development Cooperation Fund counterpart for the Laguindingan Airport project.

The project schedule was revised to accommodate activities for the air navigation component of the Lagundingan Airport. This component is targeted for completion in September 2013 for the airport to start operating by December of the same year.

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  • Betz Chui

    Sa dami ng NPA sa Bicol..I am sure they will derail this project,,,similar to what they doing in the various road construction projects in many areas in Samar….Bayad Muna, KMU and NPA hate progress and development…nawawalan sila ng issues against the government.

  • Asdsad

    6-7 b? this cost is nothing compared to what we really need..and the govt is not giving it..instead its concentrating all the funds.

  • joboni96

    ‘reallocation of Support for Strategic Local Development and Investment Project (SSLDIP) of Land Bank of the Philippines’

    para ilulong sa utang
    ang mga lgu’s

    para may cutkong
    si gov at si mayor
    pati na rin sanggunian

    para kawawa ang
    sunod na salin lahi
    at elected officials

  • joboni96

    si intsik sy na naman
    makikinabang dito

    tatamaan pa
    small pilipino entrepreneurs
    sa itatayong mall dito

    clueless talaga
    ang mga nasa gobyerno
    at best

    at worst

    • Asdsad

       ijo maganda ung nag reresearch di pwede basta na lng putak ng putak..delikado yan..

      • joboni96

        lolo kung nakapag research ka
        at tama ang pananaw mo
        hindi pananaw ng intsik switik

        yan din ang masasambit mo

  • Purple Heart

    The current Legazpi airport will be sold to SM right? What a clannish way to put up hidden agendas? Legazpi+Daraga=Albay. A HANDFUL will DEFINITELY make MONEY! Paging COA, paging Ms. Mendoza.

    • Asdsad

       hidden what?? may amats k?

  • Vertumnus

    I’ve seen some of the construction of road leading to the new airport and it looks real nice.  I’m sure it will be better than the old Airport. Hopefully, more airline will land their planes there bringing tourist to spend their money in Legazpi and surrounding cities. Slowly but surely, Albay is going in the right direction. If only they can attract big business to open shop, then maybe Albay can become a top ten pleasure and business destination in the Philippines!

  • Jackolero

    A modern and longer runway airport at Masbate is long overdue, only propeller-type plane can land here… We want Airbus-type to land here too.

    • Purple Heart

       I suggest Masbate implement a GUN BAN first before any future modernization and infrastructure is taken into place. It will be a waste of investment if Masbate cannot even control to suppress murder and crime. Who will come as tourists anyway?

  • delpillar

    actual construction of the access roads and levelling/compacting of the surface soil was already done in 2009. Access road from Embarcadero-Legazpi and Legazpi Boulevard was started in 2010.

    When GMA’s “manok” in the presidential election in 2010 was obviously losing and Pnoy was obviously winning, Gov. Salceda suddenly jumped ship to Liberal Party for the continuity of several of his flag projects like this Bicol International Airport.

    This news should be known as “REFUNDING of the NEW BICOL AIRPORT PUSH THROUGH”.

    Whether GMA or PNOY would be given greater credit for this excellent project, the whole Bicolandia will definitely harvest good fruits in the future.

    Also, terrorist NPA in Sorsogon/Albay/Cam-Sur boundaries will be buried into oblivion because the poor Bicolanos will never be enticed to join their dying cause of extortion and robbery.Bicolannos will be benefited of a free modern economy where in more income will be obtained thru hard labor and persiverance by participating in the booming businesses surrounding the airport. Part of Albay and Sorsogon facing the more depressed provinces of the Visayas and Masbate will be benefitted too thru tourism and because of fast movement of cargoes and goods.

    • Purple Heart

       True, I support your claim, but I know deep rooted corrupt politicians in Albay all throughout Bicolandia so well. A special team of COA spearheaded by Mendoza must monitor the budget activities and conduct a very serious audit in terms of fund allocation. Trust me, the fat alligators and thinner vultures are waiting. I hope PNoy’s classmate will read this note.

      It really benefited to jump at the LP’s horseback to join the bandwagon.  A lump sum!

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