Clark airport told to do emergency procurement after quake damage


Posted at Apr 23 2019 09:04 PM


MANILA - Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Tuesday told officials of the Clark International Airport in Pampanga to implement emergency procurement of equipment and supplies to hasten repairs on the quake-damaged facility. 

Emergency procurement means a government project would be exempt from normal bidding procedure. 

Tugade inspected Clark airport this morning after sections of the facility were damaged by the strong earthquake which struck Luzon on Monday.

While the passenger terminal building needed immediate repairs, Tugade said the runways and taxiways were undamaged. Meanwhile, the crack reported at the air traffic control tower was superficial, the transport chief said. 

He said repairs on the terminal are estimated to cost P30 million.

Tugade said Clark airport can be used again within the week.

"At the earliest, we will operate tomorrow. At the latest we can operate on Thursday," Tugade said. 

Clark officials also said earlier they were eyeing to reopen the airport on Wednesday.

Airlines have canceled flights to and from Clark scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday as the facility undergoes repairs. 

The developer of Clark's new passenger terminal building, meanwhile, said the new facility, which is still undergoing construction, did not suffer any damage from the quake.