New Clark airport terminal by 2019

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    CLARK FREEPORT – A new Clark airport terminal for domestic and international passengers with an eight million capacity will be finished within the first half of 2019.

    This was announced by Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) president and CEO Vivencio “Vince” Dizon during the media forum “Talk Widus” organized by the Pampanga Press Club at the Widus Hotel and Casino here on Wednesday.

    Dizon’s presentation was part of the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” mantra for the biggest infrastructure push in Philippine history in the next five-and-a-half years.

    In his power point presentation, Dizon showed the new Clark airport terminal which has 82,000 square meters and has a capacity of eight million passengers that can be expanded to accommodate another eight million for a total of 16 million passengers.

    It is part of the 2,367-hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex (CCAC) designed by the French firm Aeroports de Paris (ADP) with three airline passenger terminals when completed that can accommodate a total of 80 million.

    A transport hub will be established in the middle of the three terminals with train, bus, taxi and car lanes.

    Dizon said bidding will start in May and awarding of the contract will be done by September. It will be finished within the first half of 2019, he said.

    The old Clark airport terminal will be converted into a separate VIP terminal building, he added.

    The multi-million dollar ADP design was a grant from the French government made during the previous administration but was deemed too big by then President Aquino during its presentation to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Board.

    ADP refused to scale down its design even as the Aquino administration pushed for a redesign of a smaller terminal.

    The ADP design will be made in five phases, according to Dizon, with the first phase completed by 2019.

    Dizon said a second runway will be constructed two kilometers apart from the primary runway during the implementation of Phase 4 of the ADP design.

    “Right now, we are revalidating everything. Together with the DOTr (Department of Transportation) we are doing our due diligence,” Dizon said when asked how much will be the cost of the new terminal building.

    “But what I can tell you is what was budgeted by the previous administration, which sad to say was not implemented which is about P15 billion,” he said. “This includes the taxiways and apron and other horizontal development and terminal.”

    Dizon said as soon as they finish with their revalidation by April, they will announce the final cost.

    P100 million

    Meanwhile, Dizon said the BCDA has released more than P100 million to the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) as part of its share in the revenues of the CCAC which was previously withheld by the past BCDA administration arising from the controversy generated by Executive Order 64.

    Signed by former President Aquino on December 21, 2011, the EO transferred CIAC from the Office of the President to the Department of Transportation and Communications making it an agency attached to the DOTC and further transferring the shares of stocks of CIAC.

    The earlier EO 716 mandated that CIAC gets a 50 percent share from the proceeds of the CCAC until Aquino signed EO 64.

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