The island province of Siquijor is poised for rapid economic and tourism growth as Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Art Tugade unveils on Thursday, 26 August 2021, two vital transport infrastructure projects.
First to be inaugurated is the upgraded Siquijor Airport with its new passenger terminal building (PTB), powerhouse, and vehicular parking area (VPA).
The upgrading of the Siquijor Airport started on 01 March 2018 and was completed on 30 July 2021.
Siquijor Airport’s new PTB can now accommodate 60 passengers at any given time. However, due to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases’ strict protocol on social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19, only 40 passengers will be served by the new PTB. Prior to the upgrade, the PTB of the Siquijor Airport can only accommodate 10 passengers.
Repair and maintenance of the perimeter fence and construction of concrete pathwalk, runway provision, taxiway and apron markings were also completed ahead of time.
Meanwhile, more developments are eyed for the airport including the asphalt overlay and extension of the runway.
Another project to be unveiled is the upgraded Siquijor Port. The project covers the construction of an RC Wharf with Ro-Ro ramp, a back-up area, and a port lighting system.
The seaport project was started on 10 March 2018 and was completed on 23 March 2021.
With its improved facilities, the port now allows faster turnaround time of vessels and shorten the waiting period for passengers, shippers and reduce queueing of rolling cargoes.
Prior to the upgrade, the Siquijor Port can only service a maximum of four (4) ferries. With the renovation works already completed, it can now serve up to eight (8) vessels with provision to handle a 65-meter cargo ship and can service two Ro-Ro vessels at the same time.
In addition, the upgraded Siquijor Port will also boost equitable and inclusive growth in the areas of employment, local trade, and investments.
During construction, the project was able to generate 35 jobs. Now complete, it is expected to give residents of the province more job opportunities, particularly in the tourism sector and other tourism-related industries.