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Civil works of the P7.8 billion Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) is expected to attain 65-percent compliance by yearend, two months ahead of schedule, Gov. Oscar Moreno of Misamis Oriental said on Thursday.

“In March next year, the runway shall have been completed so that the presidential plane would be the first aircraft to have landed on it”, Moreno said in gist during meeting of members of the Regional Development Council two days ago.

To date, the 4.3-kilometer access road has already been completed, relocation of affected residents already in placed, while the construction of the passenger terminal and taxi-way are on underway, Moreno added.

He admitted though that prior to the ocular visit of Presidential Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the airport site in January 2006 he was cynical of the project since there were several ground-breaking rites in the past yet it had not taken off.

“It’s her (Arroyo) baby…she must be credited for this airport project. It’s a dream come true for her,” Moreno said.

As a tribute, the president’s presidential plane should be the first to land on the airport, he said.

The regional development council is a regional policy making body composed of local chief executives, heads of regional line agencies, and representatives of the private sector and civil society groups.

Last Thursday meeting was the 83rd full meeting for RDC members presided over by Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo,  RDC’s chairperson. The meeting was hosted by Department of Transportation and Communication’s presidential management office.

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