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Re: Retitled: Pag-asa rehabilitation moving ahead . . . at last
« Reply #60 on: December 08, 2019, 03:45:29 PM »
DND chief: Bad weather delays Pag-asa buildup
By: Melvin Gascon - Correspondent / @melvingasconINQPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 05:10 AM December 07, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Delays have yet again hampered the construction of the beaching ramp on the Philippines’ biggest island outpost in the West Philippine Sea, which Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said will not be completed before year-end.

In a Viber message to reporters on Friday, Lorenzana said bad weather on Pag-asa Island caused the breakdown of construction equipment.

“Because of bad weather, it is difficult to transport materials from Puerto Princesa (Palawan province). Second, when an equipment bogs down it takes time to have it repaired,” the defense chief said.

The Philippine Navy has commissioned a private contractor to build the beaching ramp on Pag-asa, as the Philippine government prepares to  undertake improvements on the island’s unpaved 1,300-meter airstrip.

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The defense department set the initial target date of completion at the end of 2018. Then Lorenzana said last July the ramp will be completed by the end of this year.

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Citing updates by Commodore Renato David, commander of the Naval Forces West, Lorenzana dismissed reports that the delay was caused by the pullout of the contractor.

Lorenzana had earlier said the project is 71-percent complete, with a total of 17 workers on board.

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