Saturday, September 22, 2012

View from the sea of Bugo, Cagayan de Oro, Tagoloan, Villanueva, and Laguindingan.


Laguindingan International Airport at Misamis Oriental
The airport project is located in the Municipality of Laguindingan, Province of Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao (Region X), southern part of the Philippines. The airport project envisages the development of new major trunkline airport compliant to international standards as to safety and operation in order to meet the air transportation demand of the region.[2] The airport project also aims to boost the economic activities specifically of the Cagayan-Iligan Corridor (CIC), and expected to serve as the northern gateway to Mindanao.

The airport project is implemented by the Philippine Government through the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). Once completed, the airport project shall be turned-over to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

The approved cost of the airport project is US$ 167.09 Million or PhP 7.853 Billion. The approved cost was duly approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board on 30 August 2007. Plans for the airport have existed since 1991, but have been stymied by land acquisition and financing problems. Although the Philippine government has signed a US $25 million soft loan agreement with the South Korean government through its Economic Development Cooperation Fund, there has been difficulty in raising counterpart funding for acquisition of the estimated 300 hectares of land eventually required by the airport complex.

The Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) was inaugurated on January 10, 2006 with groundbreaking ceremonies presided by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who advocated the idea of an International airport in the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor.

By July 2007, the construction of the 4.4 kilometer four-lane access road had been undertaken by the Davao City - based V. Lao Construction Co.. The four-lane access road is designed to connect the new airport to the national road (Iligan-Cagayan de Oro-Butuan Road).

By early 2008, the start of grading of the airport site area. It is headed by the Department of Transportation and Communications and its foreign and local consultants, South Korea - based Yooshin Engineering Corporation and Ortigas, Pasig - based SCHEMA Konsult, Inc. respectively, and Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co., LTD. as the general contractor of the project.
As of January 2012, it is 90.90% on progress.
LAGUINDINGAN, Misamis Oriental, Philippines – The state-of-the-art Laguindingan International Airport (LIA) is tentatively set to start operation during the second quarter or early third quarter of year 2012.

It was learned that the actual accomplishment, to date, is already 80.43 percent in two of its major components. It was also learned that when fully operational, Mindanao’s new international airport is expected to cater to the increasing demand of air passengers and cargoes, and expected to boost the economic activities of the Cagayan-Iligan Corridor (CIC), and the Northern Mindanao Region.

The Laguindingan Int’l Airport will primarily replace the existing Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro, but is also expected to replace Balo-i Airport in in Ditucalan, Lanao del Norte. It is a flagship project of the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor special development project, which covers both the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, as well as five coastal towns in Lanao del Norte and the 14 towns of Misamis Oriental’s first congressional district.


                                 Laguindingan International Airport view from the air.

Official Website of Laguindingan International Airport :
 Laguindingan Airport to Boost CDO and Iligan Industry
Villanueva, Misamis Oriental

Villanueva is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. It is approximately 30-40 minutes away from the city of Cagayan de Oro. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 24,867 people in 4,779 households.
Villanueva is one of the most progressive towns in Misamis Oriental. The presence of companies like Philippine Sinter Corporation (PSC), STEAG State Power, Inc., Purina and Coca-Cola (ongoing construction) contributes to the municipality's income although it is largely agricultural.

View of the coast from Villanueva to Tagoloan's Mindanao International Container Port.
Mindanao International Container Port at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental
Del Monte Plant and Pier at Bugo, CDO
Barangay Bugo, Cagayan de Oro
( Vicinity of Del Monte Plant )
Barangay Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City
View of the coast from Barangay Bugo to Cagayan de Oro City
Cagayan de Oro City
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