President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday checked on the progress in the ongoing construction of the Laguindingan International Airport here.
The President, together with Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno and other local officials, boarded a coaster that passed through the Laguindingan Airport access road en route 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 will connect 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 which is still under construction. She then inspected the runway.
The Laguindingan International Airport sits on a 4.17- square kilometer site in Barangay Moog, Laguindingan and is located 46 kilometers from the existing Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City.
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 new 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 Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said civil works are being done by the 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 2010, before her term ends.