Completion of Laguindingan airport delayed

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Monday, July 11, 2011

THE P7.853 billion Laguindingan International Airport in Laguindingan town, Misamis Oriental, will move its operation to 2013 due to lack of air navigational components of the runway brought by the resignation of Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Jose De Jesus.

Governor Oscar Moreno, chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC), said the airport might experience some delay brought by the transition that lasted about a month after the De Jesus announced his resignation.

Moreno said he is confident that the delay is negligible and will be offset soon.


Jaime H. Pacamparos, project monitoring division chief of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and an RDC member, said the airport is now on its 85 percent completion but due to the assigning of a new secretary, the building will not be finished on time.

Pacamparos said the RDC is now doing regular meetings to give remedy to the delay of the airport's completion.

As part of the remedy, Pacamparos cited that they will personally lobby the fast-tracking of the bidding to new DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas.

Pacamparos also emphasized that for the meantime, the RDC will focus more on the other developments outside the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP).

He said other matters outside the premises that need to be considered are the increasing number of passengers and cargo traffic along the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor (CIC), which is seen to boost the economic development in the region and improve air transportation safety.

Other important concerns of the project include the road widening, business opportunities, environmental considerations and changes in the land uses of municipalities along the CIC.

Pacamparos said they would initiate the formulation of a Laguindingan Airport master plan to make the optimal use of the airport and set out how it shall handle the growing demand for air travel in the coming years while considering the economic, social and environmental dimensions of the airport's operation within 2015 and 2030.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 12, 2011.


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