DZR AIRPORT FACADE. Tourists and locals alike will anticipate a better airport in Tacloban soon. Photo from wikipedia.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) allocated an estimated amount of P251.6 million for the airside development of Tacloban Airport. The said amount will be utilized in 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 DOTC, in a recent statement, said that “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”, it added. The department also announced that opening of bids has been scheduled for September 24.

Tacloban’s DZR Airport is the eight busiest airport in the country today, DOTC reported. In 2011, the airport reached a milestone as it hit the one-million mark for the first time, with total passenger traffic of 1,015,797. The DOTC added that in the first six months of 2012 alone, it registered a total of 608,769 passengers.

Presently, Tacloban Airport serves flights to and from Manila and Cebu. In the coming months, it will also serve Iloilo-bound flights.

DZR Airport is a gateway to Eastern Visayas which boasts historic and natural attractions. Tacloban City, EV capital, include in its prides the San Juanico Bridge, Calvary Hill, the Price Mansion, and the Maria Kanon Madonna of Peace Shrine. Other destinations in the region include the Calbiga Cave complex, Cantius Kobak Museum and Basey Church in Samar. The beaches of Guiuan, particularly the new surfing hot spot in Calicoan Island, Minasangay and Mensangi Park Beach resort, and the historical Balangiga town are just a few of tourists’ spots in Eastern Samar.

Aside from Tacloban’s airport, Dipolog Airport will also benefit the same renovation which will get an estimated amount of about P66.9 million also allotted for airside development.