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Affected families in Laguindingan Int'l Airport project site moved to resettlement sites

by Babes Jacob-Rebultan

Cagayan de Oro City (15 August) -- OF 363 affected families at the Laguindingan International Airport project site in Laguindingan town, Misamis Oriental, about 212 are already relocated to two resettlement sites as of February, this year.

According to Engr. Ryan Gico of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC-10), of the 363 affected families, 124 were relocated to the Phase 1 Resettlement Site in Barangay San Isidro and 88 families to the Phase 2 Resettlement Site in Barangay Tubajon.

He said the relocation was undertaken by the Office of Resettlement and Relocation of the municipal government of Laguindingan, in close coordination with the DOTC, National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, and the Ayala Corporation.

The Phase 1 relocation site can accommodate 248 lots, with provision of housing units under the Gawad Kalinga (GK) program, while Phase 2 has provision of 109 duplex core type housing units that can accommodate 218 families, he reported.

The construction of the 109 duplex housing units, started in April 2008, is 90% complete as of July 31, 2008 or 0.05% ahead of schedule, wherein 74 units were substantially completed, while the remaining 35 units are still undergoing construction, he also reported.

He clarified that the NHA committed to complete the construction of the remaining 35 units by August 10, this year.

With the completion of 74 duplex housing units, 88 families already occupy 44 of these, he added.

Once completely constructed, 65 duplex or 130 housing units will be made available to transferees in Phase 2, Gico said.

For the other 21 families who could not be accommodated in the 109 duplex houses, they, including their extended families, will be assisted by the provincial government in terms of allowing them to construct their houses within the Phase 2 Resettlement Site, and providing the needed construction materials.

A DOTC project status report on the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) as of July 31 also stated that the site development of the Phase 2 Relocation Site is 95.24% complete. Its construction works include on-site water works, road works and drainage works.

Its target date of completion is also on August 10, 2008.

A total of P40 million was allotted by the national government thru the NHA for the site development of the Phase 2 Relocation Site, while P25 million was also allotted for the construction of 109 duplex core type housing units.

Meanwhile, Engr. Gico reported that all the 363 affected structure-owners at the airport site are entitled to disturbance allowance or the move-in allowance of P10,000 per family.

On April 14, 2008, the DOTC, through the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, started distributing the disturbance compensation/move-in allowance to affected structure-owners.

As of July 31, this year, a total of 89 affected families of the 363 identified affected structure owners were already compensated in the amount of P10,000 each family by the DOTC Central Office.

Lately, Gico revealed that to avoid the delay in the payments of the disturbance allowance, the DOTC, in coordination with the inter-agency committee, decided to divide into two components the disbursements and processing of the said move-in allowances.

They came up with an agreement that DOTC Manila will handle only 119 families that included the 89 families already compensated, while 244 families will be handled by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, he explained.

With this, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has to be signed by the provincial government and the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) instead of the DOTC central office.

The engineer said once the MOA is signed, the CAAP will facilitate the transfer of funds to the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, which will then process and disburse funds for the disturbance allowance of about 244 affected families,

He clarified with these efforts, the disbursements will be fast-tracked and bureaucratic procedures will be lessened.

The documents and vouchers are now being prepared or processed so that once the funds are available the provincial government will immediately release the funds without delay.

With regards to the main airport construction, Engr. Gico said the civil works started in January 2008 and is 3.65% complete with a slippage of 1.24% or ahead of the target schedule of 38.579%.

The airport, he said, will occupy 387 hectares and 80% of the area will be utilized for the runway.

The government and concerned agencies are hopeful that the runway will be partially inaugurated by April 2010 and totally completed by January 2012.

Engr. Gico said once the Laguindingan International Airport is completed, this will be turned over to the CAAP (formerly the Airport Transportation Office), which will manage its operations.

The Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City will then be closed because all the towers and facilities will be transferred to the new airport in Laguindingan.

The Laguindingan International Airport is one of the flagship projects of the Arroyo administration under the Mindanao Super Region program and is expected to boost the economy of Northern Mindanao and other growth centers in the island. (PIA-MisOrOccCam) [top]

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