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DOTC bids out P319-M modernization of Tacloban, Dipolog airports means BUSINESS

MANILA - The Department of Transportation and Communications is seeking bids for the P319 million modernization of the Tacloban and Dipolog airports.

In an invitation to bid published Friday, the DOTC said the development of the Tacloban and Dipolog airports is part of the government's promise to modernize air transport facilities in the country.

About P251.6 million would be set aside for the Tacloban Airport, particularly for the construction of a new apron and taxiway, completion of north-east shore protection with shoulder grade correction, construction of drainage system with box culvert, and the construction of temporary transition.

Another P66.9 million would be used to spruce up the Dipolog Airport, which includes the expansion of the apron, widening of taxiway, construction of ramp, construction of river protection with shoulder and the construction of box culvert and drainage system.

The DOTC will issue bid documents from August 31 to September 19, with its Bids and Awards Committee to hold a pre-bid conference on September 11. The opening of bids for both airport projects is set on September 24.

Tacloban Airport, which services flights to and from Manila and Cebu, is the eighth busiest in the country, with its passenger traffic hitting the one-million mark last year. In the first six months of this year, the airport accommodated 608,769 passengers.

Tacloban City boasts of historic attractions such as the San Juanico Bridge, Calvary Hill, the Price Mansion, and the Maria Kanon Madonna of Peace Shrine. Tacloban is also the gateway to tourist destinations including the Calbiga Cave complex, the beaches of Guiuan, and the new surfing hot spot in Calicoan Island.

Dipolog Airport, which services flights to and from Manila and Cebu, is one of the major air terminals in Mindanao, accommodating 165,163 passengers in 2011 and is poised to reach the 200,000 mark this year.

The Dipolog Airport plays a key role not only in the development of business and tourism in the cities of Dipolog and Dapitan, but also in the province of Zamboanga del Norte.

The region is home to popular tourist destinations such as the Dakak Beach, Dapitan Bay, Aliguay and Silinog Islands, white water adventure in Sungkilaw Falls, and the Cogon jungle adventure.