FORT MAGSAYSAY, Philippines — A combined Philippine-American military construction group has begun repairing a runway to eventually be used by both military and civilian aircraft in the Southern Philippines.

The runway rehab is the largest exercise-related construction project ever undertaken by Pacific Command, military officials said in a news release.

When completed, the airfield will be capable of receiving C-130 cargo aircraft, helping to “promote regional economic growth and facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance after natural disasters,” the military said.

The project is headed by Task Force Magsaysay, made up of Air National Guardsmen from Guam’s 254th Civil Engineer Squadron and more than 100 U.S. Navy Seabees from three units: 9th Naval Construction Regiment, Dallas, Texas; Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, Gulfport, Miss.; and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Port Hueneme, Calif.

More than 200 Philippine Army Engineers and Seabees and local construction and support contractors are also on the team.

The runway should be completed by July, officials said.

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