Provincial Board wants airport for Bukidnon

The resolution, addressed to Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr., proposed the development of an existing airstrip in Maraymaray, Don Carlos town into a domestic airport.

Board member Romeo Mabelin (3rd district), who proposed the resolution, said the existence of the 14-hectare airstrip inside a sequestered property makes Don Carlos the "most appropriate and suitable location" of the proposed airport.

The resolution also asked the provincial government to appropriate initial funds and preliminary activities for the proposal.

Mabelin told MindaNews feasibility studies and other initial requirements could be prepared to see its viability.

But he said it was up to the governor whether he would consider it a priority.

He said the airport could accommodate 73-seater passenger planes and C-130 cargo carriers.

He said it would help improve shipment of high value crops to the cities of Manila, Cebu and Davao and the Subic Bay area.

The resolution noted the need to serve thousands of domestic and foreign visitors with direct flights from key cities as Bukidnon is dubbed a "well-renowned tourist destination" with its Kaamulan Festival.    
"Airline passengers from Bukidnon, particularly those from the southern parts have to travel overland for three to four hours to Cagayan de Oro or Davao City where the nearest airports are located," the resolution said.  

There were private and public airstrips in Bukidnon. But not one has remained available for commercial use. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)