MANILA—Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade on Wednesday ordered a round-the-clock construction of Sangley Airport in Cavite to meet the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte said he wants the airport to start servicing domestic flights by November to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Tuesday.
Additional manpower, equipment and extended working hours will be implemented starting Thursday, June 13, to meet the deadline, Tugade said.
“Whatever it takes, we need to make sure that the directive of the President is delivered. Hire more manpower to work 24/7. Kailangan matapos ’yan (that needs to be finished) on or before the timeline set by President Duterte,” Tugade said in a statement.
President Duterte ordered to "immediately" start operations at Sangley following his surprise inspection at NAIA amid reports of flight delays and cancellations.
On Wednesday, a task force led by the Department of Transportation met with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the Philippine Air Force (PAF), and the Sangley airport project contractor to discuss the construction of the Cavite gateway.
Transportation assistant secretary Giovanni Lopez said "critical developments" for the Sangley airport, such as the runway, apron, passenger terminal building (PTB), its power supply, drainage system, and site development, are "well underway."
The DOTr said the contractor of the Cavite airport has agreed to submit a weekly progress report alongside a weekly site inspection by transport officials.