Construction of Bulacan Airport to start before end of 2019 – DOTr
Robie de Guzman • August 1, 2019 • 1157
MANILA, Philippines – The construction works for the proposed New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan is expected to start before the end of the year, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Wednesday.
The P735.6-billion unsolicited airport project in Bulakan town in the province of Bulacan will serve as an alternative to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
NMIA has a design capacity of 100 million passengers per year but can be expanded to 200 million, the DOTr said.
It targets 240 aircraft movements per hour with four parallel runways planned.
The project will also include the construction of an 8.4-kilometer tollway that will connect the NMIA to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Marilao, Bulacan.
The DOTr said the airport will be operated and maintained by the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) after its unsolicited proposal emerged as winner of the Swiss challenge that the department concluded on Wednesday (July 31).
Unsolicited proposals undergo a swiss challenge, which requires an invitation to other companies to make offers while giving the original proponent the right to match it.
The DOTr said that since SMC’s offer had no challengers, the project is set to be awarded to the company after a recommendation from the technical working group is made within three days.
“On the notice of award, there are some conditions that should be complied with. These include post performance security, proof of commitment, among others as stated in the law. They (SMC) have 20 days to do so,” said DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez.
The department said that once the notice to proceed is issued sometime in August or September, the San Miguel Holdings shall then be in-charge of the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the NMIA.
The NMIA is expected to be operational within four to six years.
“The instruction of (DOTr) Secretary (Arthur) Tugade was that we were expecting San Miguel Corporation to break ground by the last quarter of this year. And in the ordinary course of things, according to our time period under the law, that is very doable,” Lopez said.
Tugade, for his part, commended the progress of airport project.
“This new international airport is important in helping ease the congestion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Together with the expansion of Clark Airport and the construction of additional facilities at Sangley Airport, NMIA is part of ‘baskets of solutions’ to bring further connectivity to the Filipino people,” Tugade said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Monday reported that the construction of the Metro Rail Transit line 7 (MRT-7) is now 49.22 percent complete more than three years after construction started.
In a statement on Facebook, the DOTr said that civil works of the underground/depressed, at-grade, and elevated guideway are in various stages of construction, while civil works of nine of the 14 stations are in full swing.
Trackwork installations are also ongoing.
“Likewise, the required rolling stock of 108 cars has been completed, and are awaiting shipment pending the availability of the depot/holding area,” it added.
The 22-kilometer MRT-7 will connect Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan.
The line is expected to reduce travel time to 35 minutes from the current 2 to 3 hours.
The project is eyed to be completed by 2021, the DOTr said.
MANILA, Philippines – The government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program has started.
In line with this, a total of 15 modern PUV units will start plying the Nichols – Magallanes – Mall of Asia – Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) route starting November 11.
The new Class 2 PUV units manifest the standards set by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), equipped with air-conditioning units, CCTV, WiFi access, GPD and side entrance.
To comply with the environmental requirements, the modern PUV units use Euro-4 fuel.
On Thursday (November 7), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade led the turnover ceremony and inspection of the modern jeepney from engine manufacturer Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC). He was joined by Pasang Masda President Ka Obet Martin.
Tugade thanked the Pasang Masda for supporting the government’s modernization program.
“Mapapahayag ko ang aking pasasalamat sa Pasang Masda, kay Ka Obet, na winawagayway at kinakalat sa buong kapuluan ang paniniwala nila sa modernization program,” Secretary Tugade said.
For his part, Martin vowed to support the administration’s PUV modernization initiatives on the intention of providing comfort to the riding public.
“Wala pong ibang hangarin ang ating Pangulo kundi mabigyan ng maayos na serbisyo, mabigyan ng maayos na sasakyan ang ating mga kababayan ganun din po ang panuntunan ng ating Kalihim,” Martin noted.
Meanwhile, Tugade also announced the Department’s plan to release a Class 1 PUV unit which is cheaper and with larger capacity of up to 13 passengers.
IPC President Hajime Koso, likewise, expressed confidence that their vehicles “will be able to provide a more durable, comfortable, and safe transport solution for the riding public,”
“I have always believed that the Isuzu PUVs are truly a vehicle made by the Filipinos for the Filipinos. As they say in Tagalog, ‘gawang Pilipino, para sa Pilipino,’ he said.
Secretary Tugade calls on other PUV drivers and operators to join in the government’s PUV modernization program for their benefit and the general public as well.
“Believe in the modernization program. Believe that the government will be one in you in giving the support and cooperation, so we can launch the modernization program to its really, good, ultimate culmination,” he concluded.
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