MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN: The "island born of fire" is now ready to reopen its economy and tourism as the Department of Transportation and and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) inaugurated the improved and upgraded Camiguin Airport in Northern Mindanao on Friday, October 22.

The completed projects include the fire station building, passenger terminal building, administration building, CAAP Security and Intelligence Service building, and runway asphalt overlay, according to Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Tugade said Camiguin is set to welcome tourists starting on October 25, and the completed transport facilities and infrastructure projects will augment the economic recovery not only of the province but in the region as a whole.

With the island being part of a bigger archipelago, Tugade said there is also a need to meet the demands in maritime and road transportation. He stressed that developments are not exclusive for big provinces but also for small areas like Camiguin.

For his part, Camiguin Gov. Jurdin Jesus Romualdo thanked Secretary Tugade for the swift completion of projects in Camiguin Airport, which he said were long-delayed. The governor noted that it is only during the Duterte administration and the strong commitment of the DoTr, under Tugade, that the asphalt overlay of the runway was completed.

To further develop Camiguin Airport, the expansion and improvement of the check-in and pre-departure area, the provision of a control tower, and the improvement of the vehicular parking area are also set for the airport. A feasibility study on the development of the airport to accommodate larger aircraft and jet aircraft operations has also been proposed for next year.