DOTC allots P55-M for Jolo airport improvement PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:37

JOLO, Sulu – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has allotted close to P55 million for the  rehabilitation and  improvement of the Jolo airport in this capital town.

Rep. Habib Tupay Loong (1st District, Sulu) said DoTC will draw the P54.7 million from the  2014 infrastructure program budget of the department.

Rep Loong said the amount will be used in the construction of 960-square meter-two story new passenger terminal building including  building utilities inside the Jolo airport compound.

Loong added that the amount will also be spent for the construction and improvement of a 1,000-square-meter parking  area at the airport zone  and the construction of the airport perimeter and security fence.

At present. he said, the Jolo passenger terminal building  is already old and dilapidated and calls for an immediate construction of a new one with waiting lounge.

The perimeter fence of the airport, he said, has to be constructed to prevent stray animals like cows, goats and dogs from entering the  runway.

It will also prevent possible accident during  landing and take-off, he said.

The congressman also believes  that improving the  facilities at the airport here would also contribute to the increase in passenger traffic bound  for Zamboanga City and vice versa.

The 73-year-old Jolo airport  is classified as minor domestic airport  in the country by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The Airport was constructed in 1940.

In August 2008, the national government has allotted some P80 million for the  improvement of the airport undertaken by a Manila-based construction company, CS Santiago Construction.

A year later, on December 14, 2009,  former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ex-US Ambassador Kristie A. Kenny,  Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan now vice governor of Sulu and Jolo Mayor Hussin Amin inaugurated the newly rehabilitated airport in this province. — Nonoy E Lacson