Through the marching order of DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade, the new Passenger Terminal Building (PTB) of the Clark International Airport (CRK) will be operational by January of 2021.
The directive came after key officials of the government, led by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, conducted an inspection at the second PTB of the airport today, 15 July 2020.
“When we envisioned this project, nobody believed. But today, they must believe. I am very excited that this project is almost finished,” Secretary Tugade said.
“Let’s make this operational by January of next year at the latest. I’m not inclined to make any extensions,” the transportation chief stressed.
Presidential Adviser for Flagship Projects and BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon said that the target set by Secretary Tugade will be followed. He also noted that the said airport development project has been carried out at a record rate from the start of its construction in April 2018. Currently, the new PTB now stands at 99.14% completion rate.
“From conceptualization to approval, now to execution and completion, the Duterte administration can boast on the fact of the fastest mega infrastructure project any government or any administration has undertaken. Ito na po ata ang may record na pinakamabilis na nakagawa,” BCDA President Dizon underscored.
The development of the Clark International Airport, which is under the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program, is envisioned to help spur economic progress and development in Central Luzon. It also aims to help ease the strain of congestion off NAIA. Once completed, the new PTB will boost the operational capacity of the CRK to triple from the current 4.2 million to 12.2 million annually.
“This would have not been possible if not for Secretary Tugade na malakas manulak ng tao, magtrabaho. [At] si Vince Dizon, congratulations sa inyong dalawa. Napakalaking tulong nito,” Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea ended.
Other officials present in the inspection were Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, Peace Process and Chief Implementer of the country’s Declared National Policy Against COVID-19 Carlito Galvez, CIAC President and CEO Aaron Aquino, CAAP Director General Jim Sydiongco, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Aviation Jaime Melo, DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, and other private sector partners from Megawide Consortium and LIPAD Corporation. DOTR