Safety Concerns Delay Opening of New Manila Terminal

"The use of the facility at this time, even in a limited scale, is not advisable as this will expose users of the facility to life safety risks."


"We are talking of lives here and we don't want to wait for more accidents to happen before the government acts on it," Mr. Domingo said.

The rehabilitation of the airport, which was included in the Selected Airports Development Project being financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, has been delayed for at least two years due to lack of counterpart funds.

Last year, P600 million intended for the Tacloban airport was realigned for the purchase of search-and-rescue vessels for the Department of Transportation and Communications.

"The project has been delayed for more than two years now. We are running out of time. The Japanese government might just pull out its funds if the government will not take immediate action," Mr. Domingo said.

He said he will also bring the matter to the attention of the Regional Development Council.

The council endorses projects for funding either by the National Government or through official development assistance.

The airport project involves the improvement of the runway and the construction of a new terminal building, a control tower and a fire station.

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