Mindanao airports to receive P1.3B for upgrades

Central Mindanao M’lang Airport (MLANG.GOV.PH)

Seven airports across Mindanao have been earmarked to receive a substantial P1.3 billion in new infrastructure development funding, as announced by Surigao del Sur Representative Johnny Pimentel.

The financial boost is part of the 2024 General Appropriations Law, aimed at enhancing commercial aviation hubs, including those within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

“Improved airports in the provinces will facilitate the transfer of people and goods, bring in more tourists, support the growth of small businesses, and help create new jobs,” explained Pimentel, underscoring the widespread benefits expected from the investment.

The distribution of the aviation infrastructure allotment is designated as follows:

– Bukidnon Airport with P320 million,

– Central Mindanao M’lang Airport receiving P300 million,

– New Zamboanga International Airport also allocated P300 million,

– Tandag Airport, Jolo Airport, and Mati Airport each assigned P100 million, and

– Surigao Airport benefiting from P80 million.

These funds will be directed toward the enhancement of essential airport infrastructure, such as the rehabilitation or construction of runways, taxiways, ramps, and control towers. Upgrades to passenger terminals, perimeter fencing, and utility facilities such as power, water, and fire stations are also planned.

Additionally, the acquisition of new navigational equipment may be included in the project scope.

Complementing these developments, the launch of Bangsamoro Airways by Federal Airways Inc., a Maguindanao del Norte-based company, marks a notable advancement in regional air travel.

The airline commenced light aircraft flights connecting Cotabato City to Zamboanga City and Jolo last week.

Plans for expansion include establishing routes from Zamboanga to Mapun in Tawi-Tawi province, and from Cotabato to General Santos City, potentially catalyzing economic growth and accessibility within Mindanao.


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