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New Pagadian Airport Readies for Take-off

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PAGADIAN CITY — Locals here and in the nearby provinces of Zamboanga del Sur will no longer have to travel hours to the next city to fly to any domestic and international destination, as the newly-upgraded Pagadian Airport is set to re-open in September. Airport officials here expressed hope that Pagadian will revitalize links with the [...]

PAGADIAN CITY — Locals here and in the nearby provinces of Zamboanga del Sur will no longer have to travel hours to the next city to fly to any domestic and international destination, as the newly-upgraded Pagadian Airport is set to re-open in September.

Airport officials here expressed hope that Pagadian will revitalize links with the rest of the country as the ongoing upgrading of the Pagadian airport is seen to revive flights, which have been suspended since smaller aircrafts tended the airport last May 2007.

At the recently concluded 12th Mindanao Super Region (MSR) meeting here, local leaders pushed for the speedy completion of critical infrastructure in Mindanao such as the Pagadian Airport along with the upgrading of Mindanao airports and road improvement projects that will harness Mindanao’s agri-industrial and tourism potentials.

“By fast tracking the upgrading of our airports, we will be able to improve our connectivity with the rest of the country,” said Usec. Virgilio Leyretana,Sr. MEDCo Chair and MSR Deputy Development Champion.pagadian-airport-JUN

Recent data from the project monitoring visit of MEDCo earlier this month show that around 94.9 percent of the total Php379.46 million worth of improvement and development projects that have been committed for the said airport project has already been implemented.

Concreting of the airport’s existing runway, apron and construction of new flight-service station (FSS) and Powerhouse buildings have been ongoing while three preconstruction stage projects have already been bid out. These include the construction of administration building, rehabilitation of existing terminal building, widening and extension of runway (under CY 2009), and construction of perimeter fence.

Leyretana added that the rehabilitation and construction of airport facilities will contribute to safe and efficient airport operations, as well as ensure safer and smoother landings.

Other airport development projects under the MSR in the Zamboanga region include the upgrading of the Php478.05-million Dipolog airport and the Php428.5-million Zamboanga Airport development project which are also targeted for completion by the end of the year.

The airport development projects are being implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) in close coordination of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) under the MSR development strategy.

The airport development projects here are among the 38 projects under the Mindanao Super Region, with 9 big ticket projects already completed.

These include the Php11.285-billion 210-MW Mindanao Clean Coal-fired Power Plant in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental, the Php218-million 950 KV Photovoltaic Power Plant in Cagayan de Oro, the Php2.1-billion Diosdado Macapagal Bridge in Butuan City, the Php984.121-million Manay-Mati Road Section of the Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, the Php90 Million Hawilian-Salug-Sinakungan Road of Agusan del Sur, the Php 453.04-million Davao port development project, the Php 608.06-million Cagayan de Oro port development project, the Php74.82 Million Balbagon Port Improvement Project in Camiguin, Mambajao and the Php 2.616-billion flood control component of the Lower Agusan Development Project in Butuan City, as well as the completion of 13 out 15 hospital upgrading projects.

Ongoing MSR projects include 2 provincial hospital upgrading project, 7 national roads construction projects, 8 airport development projects, and 2 irrigation projects.

Of the total Php 88.19 billion worth of MSR projects, 55.39 percent or Php48.85 billion funds have been released. MEDCo


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