SURIGAO CITY, Oct 16 -- The partial rehabilitation and repair of a portion of the Surigao City Airport runway is now complete, much earlier than the committed November 2019 deadline.
With the additional restored 400 meters of the provincial airport's runway now ready for use, it is expected that the number of flights by commercial airlines in the city to and from Cebu and Manila will increase.
The airport has been limited in its operations after a magnitude 6.7 quake damaged the runway on February 10, 2017 and is only able to utilize 1 kilometer of its runway since.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, who was requested to intervene and help fast track the rehabilitation efforts for the airport welcomed the speedy completion of the project.
Sec. Andanar also thanked the Department of Transportation for closely monitoring the progress of the ongoing repairs.
"Thanks, Asec. [Giovanni Lopez]! We, Surigaonons, owe you and Secretary Art [Tugade]," he said in a text message, further requesting the DOTr chief to inaugurate the runway once it is fully restored.
According to the airport's contractors, Vicente T. Lao Construction and Pacific Concrete, their works on asphalt overlay and pavement concreting projects are already done.
The airport development project which covers 700 meters repair and rehabilitation of the runway is expected to be completed by February of next year. (PCOO/PIA-Surigao del Norte)