The rehabilitation of Surigao Airport’s runway has been completed with the gateway set to reopen flights to and from Manila before the end of the year.
The runway was severely damaged by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Surigao City in February 2017.
Transportation assistant secretary Giovanni Lopez said the runway’s length has increased to 1,400 from the previous 1,000 meters as of Oct. 14.
Lopez said the completion of the runway ahead of the November 2019 target is a product of close cooperation between government agencies.
For his part, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade welcomed the restoration of Manila flights not just for the connectivity it shall bring but also for the overall economic development of Surigao del Norte.
“We are glad that the contractors made good on their word to deliver in accordance with the deadline set. The people of Surigao deserve this development, most especially after a calamity. Let us always remember that air connectivity is closely tied to regional growth. Ito ‘ho ang kontribusyon ng DOTr, ito ‘ho ang tulong na ibinibigay natin sa ating mga kababayan sa Surigao,”Tugade said.