Repair of landing dock in Pag-asa 40% complete: defense chief

The repair of landing dock in Pag-asa Island is now forty percent (40%) complete, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said during an interview with press during the Air Force Symposium 2018 in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on June 7.

“So far we are still repairing the landing dock of our LSD or Dock landing ship. Without that we cannot bring materials,” Secretary Lorenzana said as quoted by Manila Bulletin.

According to Lorenzana, the repair started late 2017.

“It’s going along. They said last month the landing dock is 40 percent finish. It started construction late last year,” he said.

However, the defense chief said repairs may be interrupted due to rainy months July, August, September, and October.

“The sea is very rough during those months. It will depend if the contractors will have a good timing of bringing in the materials then we can start,” he said.

He also said there were no Chinese harassment while repair works are being conducted. “In fact, we already brought a crane there. The beaching ramp is almost finished. Once that is finished we can bring in more construction materials, the gravel, the sand, and the cement because there are no sources there, and these materials are coming still from the mainland,” he said.