The Philippines' Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is planning to modernise airports in the country to meet rising air traffic volumes.
Under the initiative, the DOTC is currently upgrading the airport terminals of Davao International Airport, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Puerto Princesa, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
The Philippines' DOTC undersecretary, Jose Perpetuo Lotilla, said: "We are enhancing facilities in our major gateways to help realize our goal of 10 million foreign visitors and 30 million domestic travellers by 2016."
The department has also allocated about PHP500m ($11.6m) for installing additional security screening equipment in all 45 airports across the country serving commercial flights.
The Philippines' government has approved PHP1.16bn ($27.13m) funding for enhancing NAIA 1 to meet the world-class airport standards.
Another PHP500m ($11.6m) was allocated for the architectural, engineering and interior design to enhance the services within NAIA 1, and about PHP300m ($7m) for constructing a rapid exit taxiway to reduce runway congestion.
NAIA 1 currently serves 7.3 million passengers, which is beyond its designed passenger handling capacity of 4.5 million per year.
Philippines is also planning to build a new airport in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, with an investment of PHP4.46bn ($104.33m) , to handle the passengers visiting the 8.2km long Underground Subterranean River which has been listed in the new seven wonders of the world.
DOTC said that the major airport projects are expected to enhance the country's international and domestic air traffic handling capacity.
Construction on the PHP7.85bn ($183.62m) Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental is almost completed while the work plan for PHP5bn ($116.96m) Bohol Airport is being finalised.
DOTC has also aligned among its major projects, the development of New Legaspi (Daraga) Airport with funding allocation of PHP3.075bn ($71.9m), which is expected to begin this year until 2015.
DOTC's move follows Executive Order No. 29 signed last year, setting the 'Open Skies' policy and facilitating foreign carriers access to international airports in the country.
Image: PHP1.16bn ($27.13m) funding for the NAIA will facilitate it to meet the world-class airport standards. Image: Mithril Cloud.