The proposed P959-million General Santos City Airport Industrial Complex or Aerotropolis will position Region 12 as a major international gateway in Mindanao, a top official from the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.
The proposed Aerotropolis will develop some 200 hectares of property surrounding the General Santos airport to an integrated complex that will include business parks, amusement parks, hotels, integrated food terminal, food processing and manufacturing activities, and shopping malls.
MinDA Undersecretary Janet Lopoz said the Aerotropolis, a major infrastructure project being pushed under the Mindanao Development Corridors will boost the competitiveness of Region 12, located in the South-Central Mindanao Development Corridor.
Region 12 is composed of the provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani Province, and Sultan Kudarat, and the cities of Koronadal, Tacurong, General Santos, Kidapawan, and Cotabato.
“The project will integrate the different points of entry in Region 12, particularly General Santos’ in-ternational airport, fishport complex, and Makar Wharf,” said Lopoz at the 50th Regular Meeting of the Regional Development Council XII at Villa Amor Hotel.
“General Santos City has the potential to be a hub for the consolidation of products and services due to its proximity to major economic centers of Mindanao and the BIMP-EAGA,” she added.
The BIMP-EAGA stands for Brunei Darussalam Indonesia Malaysia the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area, an economic sub-grouping aimed to accelerate social and economic development of less developed areas in participating countries.
“We need to interconnect Mindanao for it to be efficient,” said Lopoz.
“The corridors strategy will accelerate development and ensure aligning of infrastructure projects in Mindanao to facilitate better economic activity and a much attractive investment climate,” she added.