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The rehabilitation of passenger areas at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) will be completed this month, a Cabinet official said Wednesday.
"All passenger areas or areas which passengers see and experience should be done by end-March this year," Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told GMA News Online.
These areas are where passengers are allowed, including check-in and boarding gates.
On the other hand, the renovation of non-passenger areas will be finished within the second quarter, the Cabinet official noted.
"Full-completion of non-passenger areas... by May this year," Abaya said.
The Department of Transportation and Communications specifies such as the electro mechanical, plumbing, firefighting and structural systems, the administration offices, the baggage handling facilities and the stockrooms.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte on Wednesday tweeted photos of the newly-renovated NAIA-1 which showed the new check-in counters and lavatories, as well as the departure wing, baggage claim area, and arrival lobby.
The Palace official said the airconditioning units are "working well."
In a separate text message to GMA News Online, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said other improvements in place at the terminal as of Wednesday cover the "structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and architectural" facilities.
Abaya said the next rehabilitation works for NAIA-1 will focus on the well-wishers's area.
The repair and rehabilitations works form part of the P1.299-billion project to upgrade and make NAIA-1 more presentable, DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said in a separate text message to GMA News Online.
The department in 2013 announced that contractor D.M. Consunji Inc. was hired to rehabilitate the gateway.
Last October, the Wall St. Cheat Sheet, a US-based website, listed NAIA as among the world's worst airports.