Tuesday, 15 December 2009

PGMA inspects construction of Laguindingan Airport


LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental (PND) ---President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today checked on the progress of the ongoing construction of the Laguindingan International Airport here.

The Chief Executive, together with Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno and other local officials, boarded a coaster and passed through the Laguindingan Airport access road reroute to the airport site.

“The access road is beautiful,” the President said, obviously impressed with the more than four-kilometer, four-lane access road.

The P187.76-million access road leads to the Iligan (Lanao Del Norte)-Cagayan de Oro City (Misamis Oriental)-Butuan City (Agusan Del Norte) national highway.

The President, upon reaching the airport site, walked through the terminal building still under construction. She then inspected the runway.

The International airport sits on a 4.17 square kilometer site in Barangay Moog, Laguindingan and is located 46 kilometers from the existing Lumbia Airport.

Upon its completion, it will be the fourth International airport in Mindanao, after the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City, Zamboanga International Airport in Zamboanga City and General Santos International Airport. It will also be the first International airport in Northern Mindanao or Region 10.

Construction of the International airport will be completed by 2011, as the project is now 54 percent accomplished.
The President broke ground on the project on January 11, 2006.

The DoTC said civil works are being done by Korean contractor Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co.

The President has expressed hope that the runway of the airport as well as the apron could be completed by April next year, before her term ends.

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