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Mindanao Airports set to Begin Construction



Two new airports are soon to open in Mindanao, boosting economic activities in the area. According to Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) chair Emmanuel Piñol, the Central Mindanao Airport located in Tawantawan, M'lang, North Cotabato will be fully functional before the end-term of President Rodrigo Duterte while the new Zamboanga International Airport is to be built in a new location.

He added that the Central Mindanao Airport will serve the provinces of North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, Davao del Sur, Lanao del Sur and Bukidnon, and complements the Cotabato Airport in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao and the General Santos International Airport in General Santos City.

"The project is identified as one of the priority projects that will catalyze inclusive and balanced rural development in Mindanao," said Pinol in a statement.

Last June 21, 2020, a frangible perimeter fence was already put up around the area and coordination is still ongoing with the local government, the Department of Transportation, and other local agencies.

Meanwhile, Pinol said that the Zamboanga airport has already been allocated P200 million for the acquisition of its new location in Barangay Mercedes. This new airport consists of the following features: six jetbridges, new terminal, modern control tower, new taxiways and aprons, and a 3,440-meter runway.

The construction of this new airport is to begin in 2021.

Presently, the Zamboanga airport has one terminal and one 2,610-meter runway, shared with the Edwin Andrews Air Base of the Philippine Air Force.

“Minda closely monitors the implementation of these two major infrastructure projects,” Piñol said.

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