Mactan-Cebu International Airport new terminal concept, Credit: DOTC
The new terminal of Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) will be the world’s first resort airport. This is according to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), in which the groundbreaking ceremony to be held today, Monday, June 29, 2015, and to be led by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
“The kick-off ceremony for the construction of the new international terminal for the country’s second-biggest gateway, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), is touted to be the start of Philippine airports matching the best in the world,” DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Aguinaldo Abaya said in a statement.
“It will not only cement our place on the global map as a major tourist and business destination, it will boost the local economy and is projected to generate jobs especially in Cebu.” Abaya added, noting that the construction of the new MCIA passenger terminal will be completed by 2018 and expansion by 2019.
Besides Secretary Abaya, PNoy was also accompanied by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Executive Director Cosette Canilao. The airport annual capacity is expected to 4.5 million to 12.5 million.
This first ambitious airport modernization project by the Aquino administration will be made possible by GMR-Megawide, which won the 25-year PPP contract with the government in April 2014, with the bidding price of P14.4 billion. But of course, we should not forget that there was a controversy during the bidding.
Here at TN, we are always happy to hear such improvements being done to our beloved Philippines. But then, PNoy will be replaced by another president in 2016. If the next president will come from the opposition party, we can expect some allegations of corruption in this project. Whether it is true or not, older cases shall be buried.
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