Department of Transportation (DoTr) has given the go signal to the Cavite provincial government’s proposal to construct an airport at the former US naval facility at Sangley Point, Cavite.
“We conveyed to them that we have no objections to their proposal, under the condition that they have to coordinate with the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines on the utilization of the airspace,” Transportation Undersecretary for Planning Ruben S. Reinoso, Jr. said in a telephone interview on Sunday, continuing that the project should not demand a sovereign guarantee.
“Because it’s a transport project for an international airport, they need the endorsement of the DoTr. They cannot proceed on their own… It’s a go, so they now have to comply with the requirements for approval, ” Reinoso added.
The P552.018-billion project has two phases, according to the file Cavite’s provincial government tendered to the DoTr, with the first segment estimated to cost some P208.487 billion and the second, P343.531 billion.
With no opposition from the department, Reinoso stated that the provincial government must secure the support of the Philippine Reclamation Authority for the planned reclamation work and obtain final approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board that is headed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
On the separate $12-billion unsolicited proposal from private group Sangley Airport Infrastructure Group, Inc. — a consortium formed by Solar Group’s Wilson Y. Tieng and tycoon Henry T. Sy, Sr. — Transportation Secretary Arthur P. Tugade told reporters in Clark Freeport on July 17: “Under the rules, kung merong dalawang ‘yan, our priority is government to government (Under the rules, if there are two proposals, our priority is government to government).”
The Cavite government submitted its proposal for a Sangley international airport to the DoTr in February.
The proposed airport is one of the means the government is studying to decongest Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which itself will be restored and upgraded in order to manage more passengers and more flights.
Aside from Sangley, the government also intends to redirect more passengers to Clark International Airport in Pampanga whose operation and maintenance contract is targeted for an award in August.
The current government has boarded on a more competitive infrastructure development drive in an effort to boost overall economic growth to a faster 7-8% pace till 2022, when President Duterte ends his six-year term, compared to a 6.3% average in 2010-2016 under former president Benigno S. C. Aquino III.