President Rodrigo Duterte will visit Dumaguete City on Thursday, March 11, to lead the inauguration of two development projects — the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport and the two-storey port operations building, at the port of Dumaguete.
The newly rehabilitated airport passenger terminal building (PTB), which cost P 258, 898, 212.56 million, is part of the massive “BUILD BUILD BUILD” infrastructure program of the Duterte Administration.
These development projects aim to upgrade the airport’s capability to land an aircraft from A319 to A320, relatively a heavier aircraft, and increase the PTB’s capacity from 330 to 450.
From a previous floor area of 1,152 sq.m., the PTB now has an expanded size of 1842 square meters.
While the port operations building worth more than P114 million is designed to address the need for the proper monitoring of vessel arrival and departure, as well as provide state-of-the-art passenger terminal building for passengers bound for nearby islands like Siquijor, Cebu, Bohol, among others.
It is said that with the new vision of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the building serves to provide facilities and services at par with global best practices.
The construction of the two-storey building is situated in a 3,082 sq.m that accommodates 500 passengers.
The President is expected to arrive at 4:00pm at the Dumaguete-Sibulan Airport for the ceremonial unveiling of the marker to be assisted by Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco.
Shortly after the unveiling, the President will deliver his speech.
At 5:00pm, he is also expected to unveil the marker at the Dumaguete Port with DOTr Sec. Tugade and PPA General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago.
Joining him during this Dumaguete visit include Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go; Sec. Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment; Department of Budget and Management Sec. Wendel Avisado; Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar; Presidential Spokesperson Sec. Herminio “Harry” Roque; and Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino; among others. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)