The Department of Transportation endorsed to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines two unsolicited proposals to develop, operate and manage airports in the Visayas and Mindanao for P61 billion.
“Based on the analysis or the evaluation undertaken by the DOTr, they’re [CAAP] now looking into the details of the proposal and they will invite the proponent for some discussion on the content of the proposal and come into conclusion or agreement on whether it is acceptable to the CAAP,” Transportation Undersecretary for planning Ruben Reinoso said.
Reinoso said once the project was found acceptable, the CAAP would endorse it to the National Economic and Development Authority-Investment Coordinating Committee.
Reinoso said Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. of businessman Dennis Uy submitted a new unsolicited proposal to develop and maintain the Davao International Airport for P49 billion.
The agency earlier rejected the offer of Chelsea to operate, maintain and expand the Davao International Airport and New Bohol International Airport following a policy change.
Mega 7 Consortium, on its part, submitted an unsolicited bid to develop and operate the Kalibo International Airport for P12 billion, Reinoso said.
Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. also submitted an unsolicited offer to develop and maintain New Bohol (Panglao) International Airport.
The DOTr was also looking at developing new international airports in Luzon to help address congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
“We have our Aviation Roadmap. Phase 1 is to improve and enhance our primary gateways such as Naia and Clark International Airport. It also includes new airports such as Sangley and Bulacan,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
Expansion of the Clark International Airport, which is pushed as an alternative to Naia, is currently underway. The new passenger terminal building (broke ground on Dec. 20, 2017, only six months after the Neda Board approval.
The new PTB is designed to accommodate an additional 8 million passengers every year. Construction of the new terminal, which is now 10-percent complete, will complement other infrastructure projects in the area such as Manila-Clark Railway, Subic-Clark Cargo Railway and the New Clark City.
The Manila International Airport Authority board also recommended the granting of original proponent status to the Naia Consortium for the Naia rehabilitation project.
Tugade said the proposed airports in Bulacan and Cavite were also a part of the Aviation Roadmap.
The concession agreement for the new Bulacan airport is being finalized, while the legal framework for the implementation of the Sangley airport project needed to be identified by the Cavite provincial government.