IN FEBRUARY 2012, the airport in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental is expected to be operational, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda)-Northern Mindanao office.

Jaime Pacampara, head of Neda’s project monitoring and evaluation division, said the accomplishment of the civil works component of the P7.853-billion Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) was estimated at 72.24 percent as of November 30, this year.

“The project is ahead of schedule by 3.9 percent. Construction of the access was completed in January this year,” Pacampara said during a recent media forum.

He said some 372 families have already been relocated in resettlement sites that are situated in the municipality’s San Isidro and Tubajon barangays.

This even as 99.24 percent of the 393.94-hectare requirement has already been acquired.

“Under negotiation is the air navigation system and support facilities,” he said, adding that it shall be financed by the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) of the South Korean government.

The Internal Committee of the Korean Export Import Bank has already approved the project in July this year.

Other project components include the constructions of passenger terminal and administration buildings, control tower and runway.

Started in January 2008, LADP is being undertaken by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) through a Project Management Office while the principal contractor is Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction.

Ground-breaking rites was held last January 11, 2006.

Laguindingan airport is located some 46 kilometers southwest of Northern Mindanao’s regional capital city of Cagayan de Oro. (PPO)

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