THE town of Laguindingan, the site of the newest airport in Northern Mindanao, is expected to bring in more investors in Misamis Oriental by 2015.
“Paspas ang development sa Laguindingan,” town Vice Mayor Diosdado T. Obsioma said in his speech recently during the groundbreaking ceremony of the road upgrading project by the Department of Public Works and Highways-region 10 (DPWH-10).
Lately, local projects have been pouring in at Laguindingan. The expansion of the public highway from two to four lanes, an integrated bus terminal and local water system are now given attention.
Also, a rotunda will be constructed at the intersection of the highway and the road leading to the airport.
The rotunda will connect four roads and will create a parallel slow of vehicles. At the center is a 2,448 sq. meter park. Half of the area will be a two-meter wide and 180-meter long pedestrian jogging lane and two gateway structures going to the airport and the other to the main road.
Early next year, coffee shops and cafeterias are to rise along the highway.
Residents of Laguindingan, neighboring municipalities and OTOP products will be prioritized in the putting up of livelihood projects along the road leading to the airport.
The local government of Laguindingan aims to diminish the concept of ‘di-malandingan (cannot be landed)’ airport.
According to Misamis Oriental second district Representative Juliette T. Uy, her meeting with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has turned out well.
“The renovation and enhancement in the facilities at the airport is now ongoing, including the problem with the lights and the navigation in the runway. It will be very soon an international airport,” Uy said.
As of now, the budget is released and the time frame for the required renovation given by CAAP is by November. After which, landing during heavy rainfall and at night will not be a problem anymore.
The effort to improve the airport’s facilities is expected to lift Laguindingan’s reputation, she added.
Flights to Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore once or twice a week is expected to be catered soon at the Laguindingan airport after all necessary renovations and improvements are done.
While others may say that this is ambitious, Uy invites everyone to dream big and think big.