The Department of Transportation (DOTr) gave the Cavite government a deadline to settle the issues on its unsolicited proposal for the approximately P500-billion development of an international airport in Sangley Point.
The private proponent’s $12-billion proposal is still a possibility for the government, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade verified to reporters recently.
“The Cavite government unsolicited proposal is still pending in NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority). The issue is still the (source of) funding.” The national government would not back the Cavite government in funding the project, he emphasized.
Last January, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) gave back the Cavite provincial government’s unsolicited proposal to develop a new Sangley international airport because of the vague implementing arrangement for the project.
The Cavite provincial government tendered its full feasibility study for the airport project to NEDA on Dec. 17, 2018.
Secretary Tugade stressed that the mid-2019 deadline is “a reasonable period” to resolve the issues on the Cavite government’s airport proposition. “By the middle of this year, they should have a decision on it, one way or the other.”
The DOTr has yet to decline the proposal of Solar Group’s All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corp. to construct an international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite, he continued.
Sangley Airport Infrastructure Group Inc., a consortium led by Solar Group’s All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corp. (ARRC), submitted an unsolicited proposal to build the Philippine Sangley International Airport for $12 billion.
“Under the rules, if there is a government to government offer and there is a private offer, the priority is the government (offer),” according to Tugade. Hence, the government offer takes priority over any other opportunities.
But when asked if DOTr is still examining the private proponent, Tugade responded, “Of course.” However, the government option should not hinder the development of Sangley airport.
News source: Manila Bulletin