Sunday, 5 July 2009

DOTC Sec. Mendoza inspects Laguindingan Airport project

PIA Press Release

Cagayan de Oro City (3 July) -- Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Leandro R. Mendoza with DOTC high ranking officials led the inspection of the Laguindingan Airport Development Project at Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental in a bid to fast track the completion of the project.

Secretary Mendoza said the airport when completed in year 2012 will serve as the gateway to Northern Mindanao. It will be of international standard and is being built to cater the increasing number of passenger and cargo traffic in the Cagayan-Iligan corridor and its influence areas to boost the economic development in the region and improve air transportation safety.

The airport development project, approved by the NEDA-ICC on August 30, 2007, will cost to about Php7.853 billion with funding sources from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the Republic of Korea, KEXIM Bank, and the Government of the Philippines.

The airport is designed with a control tower to handle an all weather and night landing operations. Its air navigation facilities will include Instrument Landing System, VOR/DME, Meteorological Observing System, Precision Approach Lighting System, Precision Approach Path Indicators.

The airport will be equipped with crash, fire and rescue vehicles. It will also have utility service facilities such as maintenance building, cold water receiving station, power house building and sewage treatment plant.

The runway can accommodate an Airbus A-330 airplane which can seat 302 passengers, while the Apron is design to hold 5 aircrafts at a time.

The passenger terminal building with a floor area of 7,184 square meters, can cater up to 1.20 million passengers per annum with a vehicle parking of 240 spaces. The cargo terminal building has a floor area of 736 square meters with expansion capability at east and west side.

The resettlement of affected families, which has been implemented by the National Housing Authority (NHA) for the site development of phase 2 residential site has been completed last September 15 2008 as well as the construction of 109 duplex-type core housing units.

In another development, the Control Tower at the Phividec was turned over to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between the Administrator of Phividec and PCG Commandant, Addmiral Wilfredo Tamayo. Under the MOA the PCG will operate the Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) at the Control Tower inside the Phividec to ensure maritime safety in Northern Mindanao area.

Maritime Transport Undersecretary Thompson C. Lantion said that the operation by the PCG of the VTMS will enhance maritime safety in the region.

The Mindanao Railways Project Office (MRPO), created by virtue of executive Order No. 536 dated May 25, 2006, located at 2nd and 3rd Floor Forever Books Building, Bulua Highway, Cagayan de Oro, was also inaugurated. It will serve as the office of the officials and staff that will work for the realization of the Mindanao Railway System.

Railways Undersecretary Guiling A. Mamondiong said that the setting up of the railway office in Cagayan de Oro jumpstarts the building of the railway system in Mindanao to boost its development. (DOTC)

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