Aerotropolis Projects Greenlit By NEDA
A new international airport may soon rise in Bulacan after the National Economic and Development Authority Board on Wednesday green-lighted the Swiss challenge for San Miguel Corp.’s (SMC) unsolicited proposal to build a P735.6-billion “aerotropolis.”
The airport project, which had been awarded an original proponent status by the DOTr, will have six parallel runways and an initial capacity of 100 million passengers or over three times that of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. It will be under a build-operate-transfer scheme, with SMC to operate the airport under a 50-year concession. SMC will also build an expressway that will link its airport to the North Luzon Expressway in Marilao, Bulacan.
SMC plans to complete the project within six years. With its offer, SMC hopes to eventually replace Naia. However, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and Neda chief Ernesto M. Pernia had said that the government was open to accepting the proposals of the country’s biggest conglomerates to redevelop and rehabilitate NAIA.
Naia is suffering from worsening congestion, as its four passenger terminals is serving 40 percent more (over 42 million passengers yearly) than its designed capacity. However, the government earlier announced that improvement of NAIA is already under its ambitious “Build, Build, Build” program, and it’s even a priority alongside the development of the Clark International Airport as the second major airport by 2020.
Additionally, Pernia clarified that the upcoming Bulacan airport, Naia’s rehabilitation and Clark’s development need not compete as they “can go concurrently—there’s no conflict in terms of attention.”
Pernia pointed out that Bulacan will be handled by the private sector, so as Naia. Meanwhile Clark is being handled by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, showing that these are separate efforts.
Besides the Bulacan International Airport Project, the Neda Board also approved the following:
- The DOTr’s P50-billion Subic-Clark Railway Project; The BCDA’s P12.6-billion Clark International Airport Expansion Project-Operations and Maintenance Public-Private Partnership concession.
- The Department of Public Works and Highways’ P39.2-billion Ambal-Simuay River and Rio Grande de Mindanao River Flood Control Projects.
- The DPWH’s P27.4-billion Pasig-Marikina River and Manggahan Floodway Bridges Construction Project.
- The DPWH’s P11.4-billion Bridge Construction Acceleration Project for Socio-Economic Development.
- The DPWH’s P6.2-million Change in Scope and Cost and Loan Validity Extension of the Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Measures in Low-Lying Areas of Pampanga Bay.
- The Department of Trade and Industry’s P4.8-billion Rural Agro-Enterprise Partnership for Inclusive Development and Growth Project, “subject to have a two-phase approach with up to 25 percent of total project costs as pilot-testing phase and upon successful performance evaluation, will expand the project to second phase of up to 75 percent of total project costs”.
- The DTI’s P1-billion Davao Food Complex Project; the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ P7.2-billion Restructuring for the Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management Project; the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ P1.7-billion Change in Scope and Cost for Integrated Marine Environment Monitoring System Phase 2 Project; and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System’s P14.3-million Increase in Cost of the New Centennial Water Source-Kaliwa Dam Project.