DOTC to bid out dev't of Tacloban, Dipolog airports

Posted at 08/31/2012 7:16 PM | Updated as of 08/31/2012 7:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to bid out the development of the Tacloban and Dipolog airports, with an estimated combined cost of P319 million. 

"As the Philippines begins to experience renewed vigor in its business climate, President PNoy is prioritizing the building of infrastructure to sustain greater investment interest in the local market. In his State of the Nation Address, the President committed to develop, among others, modern airports," DOTC said, in its invitation to bid published on Friday.

Of the P319 million, about P251.6 million is allotted for the development of Tacloban airport, which is currently the 8th busiest airport in the Philippines. This includes the construction of 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.

The remaining P66.9 million is allotted for the airside development of Dipolog airport.

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