The second phase of road concreting leading to M’lang Airport in North Cotabato has been completed, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH Region 12 director Basir M. Ibrahim said the 4.4-kilometer (km) road construction will provide better access to Central Mindanao’s airport. It is being implemented in three phases and has a total budget of P118 million.
The early stages of the project involving the concreting of 1.4 kilometers of road under phase 1 and 2-km road concreting for phase 2 were completed by the DPWH Cotabato 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO).
The third and final phase of the project, which will fill the 1.1-km gap to the airport’s terminal building, is expected to be implemented in 2021 under the newly created DPWH Cotabato Sub-DEO.
“Opening a new airport is crucial to Central Mindanao’s economic growth as this will increase trade and tourism activities for North Cotabateños and will be complemented by the road project to facilitate fast, safe, and convenient access to the airport,” Ibrahim said in a statement.
M’lang Airport is expected to be operational before end of the year.