Construction of New Manila International Airport in Bulacan set to start before 2019 ends: DOTr

Construction works for the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan is set to commence before the end of the year.

This comes as the Department of Transportation (DOTr) concluded the Swiss Challenge for the unsolicited proposal of San Miguel Holdings Corporation (SMHC) today, 31 July 2019.

In the opening of bids conducted by the DOTr’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), there were no rivals to challenge the original proponent for the construction, operation and maintenance of the international airport.

DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, who also leads the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), said that the Notice of Award to SMHC will be issued immediately after a recommendation from the Technical Working Group (TWG) is made within three days. It will then be submitted by BAC to the DOTr Aviation and Airports Sector within five 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 (SMHC) have 20 days to do so,” explained Asec. Lopez.

Once the Notice to Proceed is issued between August and the first week of September, the SMHC shall then be in charge of the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of NMIA.

DOTr Secretary Arthur P. Tugade expressed enthusiasm with the progress on the 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,” Secretary Tugade said.

NMIA has a design capacity of 100 million passengers per year but can be expanded to 200 million. With four parallel runways planned, it targets 240 aircraft movements per hour. 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.

Asec. Lopez said the NMIA is expected to be operational within four to six years from the start of construction, targeted before the end of this year.

“The instruction of Secretary 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,” Asec. Lopez noted.

Also present in today’s Opening of Bids were other BAC members, namely, DOTr Usec. for Planning and Project Development Ruben Reinoso Jr.; Asec. for Legal Affairs Mark Steven Pastor; Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General for Administration Ricardo Banayat; Procurement, Planning and Management Division Chief Zenaida Biteng, and Budget Division OIC Marco Antonio Javier. DOTR