China Engineering plans world-class airport, seaport in Cotabato City
A giant Chinese construction firm has expressed interest in building a modern airport and seaport in this city through the approval of the national government.
Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi said Monday that representatives from the city government and China Engineering Construction (Shenzhen) Co. have agreed to sit down and discuss matters about the proposed establishment of the city’s state-of-the-art airport and seaport.
In a letter, the Shenzhen firm said it would communicate with the multi-national Tomacapital Inc. “to accomplish all challenges and tasks together with the company, along with the support of both China and Philippines governments and people.”
The currenty shares the transport of business commodities here with Maguindanao’s Awang Airport in Datu Odin Sinsuat town and Polloc Port in Parang town.
“Being the center of trade and commerce in this part of Central Mindanao, it is but right for us to have our own airport and seaport facilities,” the city mayor said in anticipation that the Chinese firm’s proposal would come in as form of a grant for future business dealings.
Guiani-Sayadi said Chinese traders had eyed the city as a prospective business hub following its improved peace and order situation.
City police records indicated some 55 percent drop in crimes the past several months following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao by President Rodrigo Duterte to address threats of terrorism and other forms of lawlessness as brought about by the Marawi incident.
Showing support to the President’s declaration, city lawmakers had crafted an ordinance for the establishment of Discipline Hours barring Cotabateños from roaming the city streets between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. even after the President would order the lifting of the martial law.