Govt reviewing revised Naia rehabilitation offer

The Department of Transportation said Tuesday it expects to complete the review of the revised proposal of the Naia Consortium for the rehabilitation and development of Ninoy Aquino International Airport by the end of this month. 

“They [the Naia Consortium] already submitted the revised proposal and we are now reviewing it and we expect to complete the review before the end of this month,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade told reporters.

Tugade said the agency was reviewing if the Naia Consortium complied with the so-called “Clark Airport template.” 

The DOTr earlier returned the unsolicited offer of Naia Consortium after the government decided to standardize and pattern the draft contract to the operation and maintenance contract for Clark International Airport, which covers provisions for MAGA or material adverse government action. 

Under the clause, proponents will only be compensated for adverse government action from the executive branch and not any change in future laws. If MAGA occurs during the operation and maintenance period, the project proponent is entitled to compensation equal to the additional costs incurred and/or loss of revenue. 

The Naia Consortium secured an original proponent status for the rehabilitation and upgrade of Naia in September 2018.

The declaration of the original proponent is the first step in the rehabilitation and expansion of Naia which is already operating beyond its rated capacity.

The consortium’s members are Aboitiz InfraCapital Inc., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., Alliance Global Group Inc., AEDC, Filinvest Development Corp., JG Summit Holdings Inc. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

The P102-billion proposal involves expanding and interconnecting the existing terminals of Naia, upgrading airside facilities, developing commercial facilities to increase airline and airport efficiencies, enhancing passenger comfort and experience and elevating the status of Naia as the country’s premier international gateway. 

The project aims to increase Naia’s capacity up to 65 million passengers per year from about 40 million at present. It will elevate Naia to the level of major regional airports such as Changi in Singapore and Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok.  It is also seen to become a viable transit hub for the Asean region.

The Naia Consortium tapped Changi Airports International Pte. Ltd. of Singapore to provide technical support in the areas of master planning, operations optimization and commercial development.

Topics: Department of Transportation , DOtr , Ninoy Aquino International Airport , Naia rehabilitation
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