MOU signed for Basilan airport feasibility study

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The MOU signing on May 15 was led by Basilan governor Jay Hataman Salliman together with Basilan vice governor Yusop Alano, Lamitan mayor Oric Furigay, Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority director general Mohajarin Ali, and Sanga-Sanga Airport manager Kaycy Lynn Paraiso. Photo from the Provincial Government of Basilan Facebook page.
  • The provincial government of Basilan and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Ministry of Transport and Communications and Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority signed an MOU for the conduct of a feasibility study for the proposed Basilan Airport Development Project
  • The MOU, signed on May 15, marks a significant step forward in evaluating the feasibility of the proposed airport project
  • Last May 9, the BPDA published the invite for consulting services for the conduct of a feasibility study and master plan of the proposed airport project to be located in Brgy. Calugusan, Lamitan City

The provincial government of Basilan and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) and Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority (BPDA) signed a memorandum of understanding for the conduct of a feasibility study and master plan for the proposed Basilan Airport Development Project.

The MOU, signed on May 15, marks a significant step forward in evaluating the feasibility of the proposed airport development project, the Basilan provincial government said in a statement.

Last May 9, the BPDA published the invite for the consulting services for the conduct of a feasibility study and master plan of the proposed airport project to be located in Brgy. Calugusan, Lamitan City.

In July last year, the Bangsamoro Airport Authority, which is under the MOTC, also conducted a site inspection of the proposed airport runway in Lamitan City to get a perspective view of the area, the underlying issues of a defined strategic surface, and the associated parameters that go with it for future research and study to determine the amount of funds needed to materialize the project.

Basilan had airstrips many years ago, maintained by multinational companies, which became unserviceable when they left the province. The areas were converted to rubber plantations under the government’s Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

BARMM, the only region with its own autonomous government, consists of the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

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