NAIA runway upgrade to aid swift delivery of vaccines

Marje Pelayo   •   February 16, 2021   •   349

MANILA, Philippines — The upgraded runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) can now be used for domestic flights following its yearlong rehabilitation.

The runway will also aid the swift delivery of vaccines in the country. 

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) led the inauguration of the rehabilitated and upgraded runway 13/31 in NAIA on Tuesday (February 16).

The department was able to finish the repair and overlay of the runway which include the repair of deteriorated asphalt pavement areas and the entire runway to assure the aircraft’s safe landing and take off.

Apart from the upgraded runway, a newly-constructed taxiway was also inaugurated to manage air traffic and to address aircraft congestion on the ground.

According to MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal, this will also benefit the anticipated volume arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the country that is expected to happen this month.

GM Monreal cited that prior to the construction of the new taxiway it takes more than an hour before an aircraft could take off on runway 13/31, but now it could possibly take only about 30 minutes with the new taxiway.

“Dati kasi ang nga flights kasi galing Terminal 3 at Terminal 2 pag nagtake-off po sa domestic runway yung maiiksi natin umiikot sila hanggang dulo sa harap ng Terminal 4,” Monreal said.

“Ngayon hindi na sila iikot doon. Mayroon tayong parang tinatawag na bypass taxiway na para pagdating dun sa area na yun kakaliwa sila derecho take off na so hindi na maabala yung movement ng terminal 4,” he added.

The construction of the runway was conducted during the strict quarantine that is why flight operations were not hampered.

Meanwhile, airport officials also completed the rehabilitation of NAIA Terminal 2 to accomodate more passengers.

“So lumuwag po ang departure area, pre-departure area ng International area. Sa labas naman makikita ninyo meron tayong extra space na nakuha para magamit ng mga pasahero na aalis ng bansa. Lumaki yung check in counter. Nakadagdag tayo ng security screening kasi dati yun ang nagiging reklamo na medyo mahaba ang pila sa labas,” Monreal noted.

Although the rehabilitation was completed, MIAA said that bidding for the upgrade of terminals is yet to be decided. MNP (with reports from Joan Nano)

DOTr, PPA to inaugurate new passenger building terminal of Tagbilaran Port on April 14

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) will inaugurate the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of the Port of Tagbilaran.

The inauguration is scheduled for April 14 which will also be the formal start of the terminal’s operations.

“The completion of the development project is an important milestone for Tagbilaran City’s main seaport after it sustained significant structural damage from a strong earthquake in 2013,” the DOTr said in a statement.

The newly-completed PTB will augment the passenger capacity of the Port of Tagbilaran to further provide the public with more comfortable and convenient sea travel. It can accommodate 613 additional passengers, bringing the total capacity to 1,110.

In addition to the completed two (2)-story Passenger Terminal Building, the PPA also constructed a pump house, installed concrete pavements, and built lamp post foundations at the port. AAC

LRT-MRT Common Station approaching 50% completion — DOTr

Marje Pelayo   •   March 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday, March 23, announced that the LRT-MRT Common Station that would link the Light Rail Transit (LRT) with the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) is around 50 percent complete.

In its latest Facebook post, the DOTr said the overall progress rate of the common station project now stands at 48.48 percent.

The project, which started some seven years ago, is targeted to be completed in December 2021.

The common station features a 13,700-square meter “concourse area,” which will “seamlessly interconnect” the rail lines of LRT-1, MRT-3, MRT-7, and the much-awaited Metro Manila Subway.

The project is expected to ease mobility of commuters in Metro Manila, particularly along the main transit routes, from Baclaran to Monumento to the entire length of EDSA.

DOTr seeks public’s help in identifying woman taking selfie sans face mask inside MRT-3

Marje Pelayo   •   March 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is seeking the public’s help in identifying the woman seen in a viral video taking a selfie inside an MRT-3 train without a face mask and face shield.

“We deem the passenger’s action not only reckless and insensitive, but also posed a possible threat to the health of her fellow passengers,” the DOTr statement said.

“We now ask the public’s assistance for information to identify the woman on the video, for investigation and filing of appropriate charges due to violations of the public health and safety protocols,” it added,

The Department said an investigation is likewise being conducted to determine if there was any negligence on the part of the transport marshal on duty.

In light of the incident, the agency once again called on MRT-3 passengers to religiously observe health protocols inside trains, and to be patient and obedient when transport marshals remind or warn them not to breach the rules.

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