In partnership with the Solar Group, the local government of Cavite might establish the P500-billion Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA), a plan to be integrated with a modern logistics facility.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) views no problem with such an arrangement, confirmed Secretary Arthur Tugade. “It’s possible. There’s no prohibition against such a partnership,” he stressed.
The national government has partnered with the private sector for several infrastructure projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) program.
To date, the long-delayed SPIA proposal of the Cavite provincial government is still pending at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) due to alleged incomplete documents, funding source issues, and unclear implementing arrangement.
“They are still fixing its financial packages. I promise I don’t want forever because if it’s forever, other projects will suffer,” Tugade remarked in an earlier interview.
His deadline for the SPIA project proposal of the Cavite provincial government has lapsed last month.
The SPIA is an important alternative for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to avoid mishaps like last year’s runway crash of a Xiamen Airways plane which shut down the NAIA and caused so much disruption.
In June, President Duterte ordered the transfer of domestic flights from NAIA to Sangley Air Base to ease airport congestion.
A significant portion of the ARRC development plan is the rehabilitation of the Danilo Atienza Air Base and its transformation into a general aviation airport that can attend as an emergency alternative to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport during the project development phase.
ARRC proposed a concession period of 50 years for the Sangley International Airport. (Emmie V. Abadilla)
News source: Manila Bulletin