ORMOC AIRPORT’S 2,042×36 meter runway is up for widening to accommodate bigger aircraft, with P55 million allocated and target completion by 2020, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) announced on Thursday following an inspection of the facility. CAAP and local government officials, with Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, visited the airport to check on the rehabilitation works started in Feb. 2018. The airport had suffered damage and underwent repairs following several natural calamities, including typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013 and the magnitude 6.5 earthquake in July 2017. Under the rehabilitation program, P34-million was spent for the renovation of the passenger terminal building, which can now accommodate more passengers, as well as the construction of the CAAP administration building. Another P82 million has been budgeted for the ongoing asphalt overlay and strip grade correction project, now at 61% completion rate. CAAP said the development of Ormoc Airport is seen to boost trade and tourism in Leyte province.