2nd passenger terminal breaks ground in Clark

 

 

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The second passenger terminal, touted as the first hybrid PPP program, will operate by 2020 in Clark International Airport, with the groundbreaking held by Duterte administration officials last Wednesday.

 

A project of the Bases Conversion Development Authority and the Department of Transportation, the second terminal is expected to accommodate 8 million passengers a year (from 4.8 million) once operational and would boost investments, tourism and other areas in Clark and the province of Pampanga.

 

Top officials from both executive and legislative branches took turns in extolling the project as a realization of the mammoth BuildBuildBuild program of the President to propel the country to a middle class economy in the years to come.

 

The over 100,000- sq.m. world class terminal will be built and funded by the government (from loans from China) and would be turned over for operation and maintenance by Megawide GMR, the winning bidder for the terminal, which was said to have gone through rigid and transparent bidding process monitored by the International Finance Corp of the World Bank.

 

Megawide bested four other bidders (the three others being Chinese companies) for the design, engineering and construction of the new terminal building.

 

Megawide was said to have submitted the lowest financial proposal for the airport expansion project at P9.36 billion.

 

The Clark International Airport is envisioned to be Asia’s next premier gateway and is expected to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

 

It is one of the high-impact projects under BuildBuildBuild and complements Clark which is being development as the next investment center in Asia.

 

Among those who broke ground were: former President now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez; BCDA president/CEO Vince Dizon; Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea; Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Transportation Secretary Art Tugade.

 

The BCDA said the establishment of an ultra-modern second terminal in Clark will bring its conversion into the city of the future with railway, state- of- the- art transit; offices, cultural center and green fields and academe powered by renewable energy.

 

Clark airport currently serves 200 domestic flights per week from just over 7 flights per week a year ago, Dizon said adding that this is borne by President Duterte’s desire to develop Clark and Central Luzon for the benefit of the country.

 

Upon approval of NEDA board in June, we are now breaking ground in six months, Dizon said.

 

Alvarez said Clark is just one of many more to come under the BuildBuildBuild program of the President.

 

Tugade said the project can be linked to the Tutuban-Malolos and Malolos-Angeles rail, which will be started January 2018.The entire stretch from Tutuban to Clark will be completed within the term of President Duterte.

 

Before end of 2018 we will start to make reality for a railroad system between Clark and Subic to establish connectivity never happened before to ensure that advantage of Clark airport will benefit the seaport of Subic and vice versa, to make it a logistics hub that will spur development and growth in all areas surrounding it.

 

The third project is the New Clark Green City of BCDA with walkways and open spaces aside from business and investment offices and residential areas.

 

 

Dominguez said the project was approved in the first 18 months of the Duterte administration and would result in sharp rise in the volume of passengers with its rapid development. Central and Northern Luzon are the fastest growing regions of the country.

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