Bicol International Airport to be operational in 2017

LEGAZPI CITY— The Bicol International Airport at Barangay Alobo, Daraga, Albay, is now 47% complete, the Project Management Office of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced.

Econocrete pouring at the Bicol International Airport runway
Photo: Project Management Office
According to said report which was given to the Regional Development Council 5, Phases 1 and 2, or the construction and continuation of the airstrip, are already complete.

Phase 3, the Construction of Runway, Taxiway, Apron and Perimeter Fence, along with Construction Supervision are both 59.08% done, the same report reads.

The airport development project is expected to boost tourism and international business ventures in the region, enhance the import and export industry of the region, and become a conduit for safe, economical, convenient, and fast travel from the region to local and international destinations.
To facilitate the project implementation, the Project Development Office has taken to hiring a consultancy firm, seeking assistance from local governments, and cooperating with the periodic monitoring of the Regional Development Council.

Furthermore, the group revealed that they conduct construction and technical meetings and provide effective communication with and among stakeholders.

Also instrumental to the development is the Department of Public Works and Development (DPWH)’s construction of a 6-lane 1.7-kilometer concrete paved access road to the airport site in 2009.

There are, however, some factors that hinder the project implementation. The group identified these as the frequent rainy weather which renders the project site unworkable, military intelligence reports of threats from rebels, leading to cancellation of work during nighttime, issues on the relocation of landowners and tenants, and existing electrical posts and overhead cable wires located at and traversing the runway.

The Bicol International Airport project is estimated to cost some P4,698,621,011, covering the general requirements, civil works, building and related structures, airport special equipment, physical contingency, price contingency, and project administration, among others.

The pre-construction phase of the project begun in 2006 to 2008, while the target completion date is between 2009 to 2017.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM