The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) inaugurated today the new Passenger Terminal Building of the Maasin Airport in Southern Leyte.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inauguration, together with DOTr Usec. for Aviation and Airports Manuel Antonio Tamayo, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, Leyte Vice Governor Christopherson M. Yap, Leyte Congressman Roger G. Mercado, and Maasin Mayor National V. Mercado.
The airport’s new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) aims to upgrade the airport from a community airport to a standard Principal Class 2 airport, so that it can meet increasing air transport demands.
DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said the Maasin Airport Project is expected to enhance the city’s economic accessibility.
“Ang ginagawa natin ngayon ay munting alaala na iniiwan ng ating Pangulo dito sa Maasin. Ang proyektong ito ay munting regalo ng ating Pangulo sa Southern Leyte. Sana po ay alagaan at pag-ingatan ninyo,” he said.
“Dati, nasa 50 lang ang kayang i-accommodate ng airport na ito. Ngayon, dahil sa bagong terminal, maaari na itong makapag-accommodate ng 150 na pasahero. Ang upuan, aluminum gang chairs pa,” Sec. Tugade added.
Tugade likewise expressed his plans to further upgrade the Maasin Airport.
“Sa mga susunod na panahon, we will upgrade the design of this terminal from being high-ceiling to airconditioned. I also instructed Usec. Skee to extend the current length of runway from 1.3 kilometers to 1.8 kilometers,” Sec Tugade said.
DOTr Usec for Finance Garry De Guzman, Asec for Maritime Andoy Perez, Asec for Road Transport Mark De Leon, PPA Generel Manager Jay Santiago, and Maasin Vice Mayor Maloney L. Samaco were also present at the inauguration.
Maasin Airport is one of the community airports under the CAAP National Airport System, and is the only airport serving the region of Southern Leyte.
In 2013, Maasin Airport served as a backup entry point for relief goods and medicine deliveries during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda— proving its capability and potential to serve as an alternate airport to Tacloban City’s Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport.
A budding city discovering its potentials, Maasin City’s attractions include the eco-treat of Cagnituan – a huge subterranean cave, cool waterfall, and a refreshing lagoon; an 18th century church which is a pilgrimage site, while its neighboring towns are known for dive sites. DOTR