A new international airport, a seaport, and a technical school will begin construction in Cotabato City next year. These three infrastructure projects are backed up China which is confident about the city’s progress.
The multi-billion international airport will rise in Barangays Tamontaka 3, 4 and 5. The budget covers the structure, terminal facilities, runway, access roads, drainage system and flood control structures. The groundbreaking will be held before the year-end and is targeted for completion as soon as possible
The seaport will be built in Kalanganan.
A donation from the CECC, the China-Cotabato Friendship Technical School will be a four-story building on a four-hectare lot in Barangay Timaco Mother. The proposed school will provide training for airport and seaport operations.
These three projects are a joint venture between the China Engineering and Construction Company, Inc. (CECC) in Shenzhen. and the City Government of Cotabato through a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) Scheme.
Yibin Liu, senior representative of CECC and his team visited Cotabato City recently to reaffirm their pledge to complete the three infrastructures. The CECC pointed out that the city’s improved peace and order situation and the progressive business climate were the reasons for their commitment.
CECC sent engineers and other experts to Cotabato City to survey the project sites. They also presented the designs to the city government
Cotabato City Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani said these projects are the fruit of the Cotabateños enduring relationship with the Chinese. She said their ties go beyond business are rooted in history.
“Many Cotabateños, including myself, have Chinese blood and that’s what connected us with our friends from this construction company. These projects will surely bring more progress and change our lives,” said Guiani.