The city government of Cotabato is now waiting the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on its proposed seaport and airport projects to be undertaken under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.
This was after the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII gave its nod on the two major infrastructure projects.
Cotabato City is eyeing Shenzen Construction, a Chinese company that recently visited the city to implement the projects, said Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi.
She said the Chinese partners were only awaiting the final approval of the Philippine government of the projects in order to start the construction.
“We are very happy that the two projects are now on the hands of our national government. We are looking forward to its approval because of the projects’ positive effects not only to Cotabato City, but to the whole country as well,” she said.
City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Adela Fiesta said the city’s technical team would coordinate with the PPP Center for them to get full information on the next steps that the local government must embark on.
She also said there is no specific time frame for the construction of the projects as the ball is now in the hands of the national government.
The city’s seaport is located at the foot of the Timaco Hill at Barangay Kalanganan 2 while the new airport will be located at Barangays Tamontaka 2 and 3.