MAASIN CITY -- The repair of the access road leading to strategic public facilities in Maasin City Airport implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways - Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDEO) is now 50% complete.

The project, costing P88.3 million funded under the Quick Response Fund (QRF), will rehabilitate a 110-linear meter road damaged by Typhoon Odette and Tropical Storm Agaton.

“The onslaught of Typhoon 'Odette' in December 2021 and Tropical Storm Agaton in April 2022 left vast tracks of destruction in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. Southern Leyte, our area of responsibility, was one of the provinces that had been severely devastated, which displaced families and damaged houses, properties and vital infrastructures. Typhoon Odette damaged the airport terminal while Tropical Storm Agaton caused massive soil erosion on the access roads and runway,” said District Engineer Manolo Rojas.

Rojas added that the extent of the typhoon’s damage crippled vital infrastructures, particularly the airport and seaports in Southern Leyte, prompting their office to request funds from the central government to address the problem in the movement of people, goods, and transportation.

“The rehabilitation of the access road is deemed urgent because it is regarded as a necessary facility. If the rehabilitation process is slowed, it will disrupt traffic flow, causing delays in travel and goods transport. Apart from addressing transportation woes, this project aims to boost the economy of Southern Leyte,” said Project Engr. Rainier Lou Ruiz.

Aside from the rehabilitation of the access road, there are four (4) other regular infrastructure projects being implemented and ongoing in Maasin City Airport. Two (2) of which are road concreting and the other two (2) are multipurpose buildings, all are funded under General Appropriations Act (GAA) 2022. (DPWH-SLDEO/LAA/FMMT)