Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez Thanked President Rodrigo Duterte, DOTr Secretary Art Tugade

Leyte 4th District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez expressed her gratitude towards President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte and DOTr Secretary Art Tugade, on Thursday, July 18, via Instagram, for their positive response to her request to rehabilitate the Ormoc City Airport.

”It was the 5th of July and a beautiful day for Ormoc City. The new terminal was ready for turn-over —- brand-new, sparkling clean, Ormoc’s own,” Congresswoman Torres-Gomez said in her post alongside photos during the city’s airport inauguration earlier this month. ”Thank you, Mr. President and our DOTr family, headed by Sec. Art Tugade, for making this possible. What a wonderful way to start a fresh mandate.♥️”

President Duterte and Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inauguration of the upgraded airport. To recall, Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 and a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in 2017 damaged the facility.

A total of 34 million pesos was allocated for the terminal building alone, 82 million pesos for the runway’s asphalt overlay, and 55 million pesos for the runway widening. The terminal building has been completed already. However, the asphalt overlay is, currently, in the works. The runway widening, on the other hand, is expected to be completed in 2020.

It was revealed that the developments would convert the Ormoc City Airport into a night-rated airport that could launch and receive flights at night.

“Inviting commercial airline to operate in Ormoc is always part of the plan. It will energize the economy and people who are from the city and neighboring areas. We don’t have to travel to Tacloban because we have an operational airport in Ormoc,” the lady solon said in her speech during the airport’s inauguration on July 5.

Earlier this week, AirAsia representatives met with Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez and some members of the 15th Sangguniang Panlungsod to express their interest in operating in #theCityOfBeautifulPeople.

Vice Mayor Toto Locsin, previously, revealed that Ormoc-Manila flights might be available by 2020.