Cotabato regional airport close to reopening with P260M funding

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Cotabato regional airport close to reopening with P260M funding
Central Mindanao Airport. Photo from CMA's Facebook page.
  • The Central Mindanao Airport in Cotabato province is close to resuming operations after a P260-million allocation from two legislators
  • The funds will finance infrastructure such as a fire station and control tower
  • The regional airport has been dormant for over a decade
  • Local merchants and business leaders see CMA’s full operation as a magnet for local and foreign investors, especially in areas like Mlang, Matalam, Kabacan, Tulunan, and Datu Paglas
  • The runway for the regional airport can accommodate relatively larger passenger aircraft
  • CMA’s advantage includes proximity to the Cotabato capital, Kidapawan City
  • It is also near 63 Bangsamoro barangays, making it an ideal hub for cultivating Cavendish bananas, oil palm trees, hybrid corn, and soya, further surpassing Cotabato City Airport

The Central Mindanao Airport (CMA) in Cotabato province, dormant for over a decade, is closer to resuming operations with a P260-million allocation from two legislators.

The funds, drawn by Representatives Alana Samantha Santos from the 3rd District of Cotabato and Raymond Democrito Mendoza from the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines Partylist from their congressional budgets, will be directed toward essential infrastructure such as a fire station and control tower.

This move has garnered the support of local merchants and business leaders, including Ronald Hallid Torres, the chairman of the Bangsamoro Business Council, who believe a fully operational CMA will attract both local and foreign investors, particularly in the regions of Mlang, Matalam, Kabacan, Tulunan, and Datu Paglas.

CMA’s runway can accommodate large passenger planes.

Located in Barangay Tawan-Tawan in Mlang, CMA is near Kidapawan City, the capital of Cotabato as well as the 63 Bangsamoro barangays in various Cotabato towns, making it an ideal hub for the cultivation of Cavendish bananas, oil palm trees, hybrid corn, and soya.

Engineer Robert Cadiena, manager of the Mlang Water District, and Joel De Guzman, overseeing the Cotabato Electric Cooperative, pledged technical support for CMA’s revitalization.

Mabel Lynnel Calungsod, chairperson of the Cotabato Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise Development Council, is optimistic about the impact on the region’s business environment, saying, “We have long been wishing for the full operation of that airport in Mlang.”

CMA, with government support and local backing, will boost the local economy and draw investments, promising growth and development in the future.