The first phase of the Palau International Airport (PIA) expansion project was completed on Wednesday, November 6, and was celebrated through a Japanese traditional ceremony that wishes for the continued safety of workers as they go on to finish the construction.
The ceremony which is called Joto Shiki or Completion of Framework was attended by different stakeholders from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), SOJITZ Corporation, Palau International Airport (PIA) Corporation, and local government officials, among others, as the last steel frame was mounted on the structure.
Public Infrastructure, Industries, and Commerce Minister Charles Obichang, in an interview, said that the ceremony only signifies the completion of the first stage of the project.
Minister Obichang said that the next phase automatically follows and that all partners involved in the project share the same understanding of making the structure ready to welcome guests during the Our Ocean 2020.
The target month for the project’s completion will be in July next year.
The Palau International Airport expansion, dubbed as the first public-private partnership project in Palau, began its construction on April 14, 2019. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)