PHILIPPINE authorities announced on June 9 government plans to build more structures on Pag-asa Island in the West Philippine Sea.
The Department of National Defense said about US$26-million worth of projects are in the pipeline, including the repair and concreting of a runway that has been damaged by erosion.
Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration and the turnover of a beaching ramp on the island on June 9.
“We can now proceed with the other projects planned for Pag-asa Island. This is a necessary first step that will facilitate the transportation of essential construction equipment to the island,” he said.
Lorenzana said the US$5.3-million worth beaching ramp project aims to improve the living conditions of people living in nearby Kalayaan town.
He said a sheltered port for fishing vessels has been built on the island where fishermen can take shelter during bad weather.
The country has recently protested against China’s move to establish two new districts in the disputed waters.