ciac delaying vital and viable dmia project?

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    Last October 8, reliable sources said that the members of the CIAC Board decided to notify PhilAero’s Consortium, the favored Bidder about its offer being found disadvantageous to the government on top of its non-compliance to minimum requirements as stipulated by NEDA guidelines. All the directors saved for one pulled well together and ran with the grain of a formal thumbing-down letter. Since then however, no such letter or notification had been transmitted.

    Of course, the talented and well-paid men of the Clark Airport understood what Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim meant when he said the “Open Sky” policy is a must. They also obviously knew there is no use for an open sky policy without an international airport to speak of in the first place. Still they ignored the urgent need for DMIA’s expansion and development and seemed to be grasping about it. Was Malacanang blind or else were there too many “Compadres:” to please or whose favor have to be returned?

    In fact, the necessity of upgrading DMIA as an alternate airport became all the more pressing when the same reliable sources told on the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 to be turning deficient in function. They disclosed that the building and the tarmac of NAIA’s Terminal 3 are slowly sinking and the possibility of it being out of use in six months or less time seems very likely.

    Worst yet, the government had quietly appointed foreign consultants to do extensive technical investigation on the matter. What Open Skies and Tourism had the Department of Tourism meant after all with this arising issue on our International Airport? Were the people behind it stooping to acts of hypocrisy tending to bullshit foreign Investors and even our own selves? Or had we become all calloused and be numbed to it?

    Given that NAIA trembled in the balance, DMIA should take up the cudgels for it and accommodate all would-be-stranded passengers no matter how big their number is. But though the need for DMIA to tilt the scale in its favor arose, the CIAC management nevertheless went swimming against the current of expediency for one reason or another

    Little wonder then that the CIAC Board eventually dropped PhilAero out of contention and set about calling the next-in-line proponent for the long-overdue negotiation. It was necessary to reject an unqualified bidder and that its invalid offer to be thrown to the dust bin of history even as there’s no need to hold such an important decision in abeyance for about five months.

    Sufficed it to say the immediate negotiation between CIAC and next-in-line proponent meets the expectation for the expansion and development of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport to start before Christmas 2010 as it augurs well for the mushrooming of foreign investors and locators inside the Clark Special Economic Zone in no time at all.

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