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"MVP Group offers to develop Philippine's Clark airport"
Friday, May 12, 2017
MVP Group offers to develop Clark airport
By Iris Gonzales
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines - The group led by business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan has
offered to operate and maintain the Clark International Airport in Pampanga as
it continues to explore prospects rolled out under the government's aggressive
Industry sources said the MVP Group proposed a joint venture with the Bases
Conversion and Development Authority and Clark Airport "for the expansion,
operations and maintenance of Clark Airport."
The group is also reportedly keen on building an ambitious express railway
between Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati and Clark.
But the sources said the proposal, submitted just recently, covers only
expansion and operations and maintenance (O&M), which the government said would
likely be left in the hands of the private sector. The Duterte administration
has indicated it will pursue by itself the development and modernization of the
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the new development policy for
Clark Airport, the nearest alternative to the severely congested Ninoy Aquino
International Airport (Naia) would be pursued by the government except the O&M
He said this is the faster route rather than face delays that may transpire
with public biddings involving the private sector.
Private companies have submitted proposals for the development and
modernization of the airport. These include a $5-billion offer from Megawide
Construction Corp. and India's GMR Infrastructure, the consortium behind the
Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
Aside from the Megawide consortium, the Gokongwei family's JG Summit Holdings
Inc. and Gotianun-controlled Filinvest Development Corp. also submitted a
Worsening congestion at the NAIA has highlighted the need for an alternative
The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines (JFC) has supported
the plan to use Clark Airport as an alternative to NAIA.
Ebb Hinchliffe, executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce, said
the geography of Metro Manila does not support NAIA which is no longer viable
in the long-term.
Earlier, AmCham senior adviser John Forbes said the new airport terminal in
Clark should be built in the next two years, with a non-stop fast train
connecting service similar to that in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Tokyo to
elevate traffic congestion.
Clark airport has 138 weekly international flights and 94 weekly domestic
flights. These will be increased with the expansion of operations of domestic
carriers, specifically Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, Wakay
Air and Seair Philippines.
Negotiations are ongoing for more international carriers to start operations at
Clark airport by mid-2017.
Businessman Ramon Ang has already submitted a proposal to build a new $10
billion airport in Bulacan while the the Tieng family, together with Henry Sy's
Belle Corp. likewise proposed to build a $50 billion airport off Sangley Point
Tugade said these unsolicited proposals are being reviewed. In the end, he said
the government would decide which one is best for the country.
The Duterte administration has opened itself to unsolicited proposals, in stark
contrast to the previous administration's policy governing big-ticket
It has so far received proposals for various projects - from roads to bridges
But while the government is studying the proposals for the new airports, Tugade
said the priority is the P74.56 billion rehabilitation of the NAIA and the
proposed expansion of the Clark airport.
NAIA has a 30 million annual passenger capacity but it handled 36.68 million
passengers in 2015. Clark airport, meanwhile, has an annual capacity of four
million passengers. - With Ding Cervantes
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