With the vision of Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build campaign to turn the international airport in Clark Base in Pampanga to a world-class terminal, different conglomerates are still suggesting to conduct feasibility studies to create more international hubs. In June, Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that there are two unsolicited proposals to build additional international airports in Manila’s nearby provinces, Cavite and Bulacan, as an alternative to the Clark International Airport.
The proposal to create the international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite was raised by Belle Corporation, a firm owned by Henry Sy, in partnership with All-Asia Resources & Reclamation Corporation (ARRC). The conglomerates plan to rehabilitate 2,500 hectares at Sangley Point to enable the accommodation of 50 to 100 million passengers. Once the unsolicited proposal is approved, the international airport would be completed in five years.
Meanwhile, San Miguel Corporation has also expressed their interest to develop an international airport in Bulacan since 2014. The firm offered to build a $10-billion airport in the north of Manila, with plans of constructing at least four runways and covering 2,000 hectares in Bulacan towns near Manila Bay.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia stated that San Miguel’s unsolicited proposal is still being examined by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
“We are looking at it [San Miguel’s proposal]. We’ll let it go through the process and then we will make sure that there will be no conditions. That project is still being considered under the PPP [public-private partnership],” said Pernia.
The new international airports are seen to decongest the traffic around NAIA and its surrounding urban centers.
Source: Manila Bulletin