European team studying Cavite airport project bullish on PH


A map of Sangley Point military facility, which used to be a US naval station. The local consortium All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corp. plans to build on reclaimed land off Sangley Point an international airport and seaport. PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK.COM

MANILA, Philippines—Meget varme. Venlige. Imoedekommende.

They’re Danish for very warm, friendly and hospitable and they best describe Filipinos, according to Frantz Knudsen, project director of the Copenhagen-based airport and seaport engineering design and construction giant Ramboll Group A/S.

Knudsen and his team of European airport construction experts are in town working on the feasibility study of the country’s newest international airport and seaport that the local consortium All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corp. (ARRC) plans to build on reclaimed land off Sangley Point, the former US naval station on the tip of the Cavite peninsula. They expect to wrap up work on the study in November.

“Fillippinere er meget varme, venlige og imoedekommende (Filipinos are very warm, friendly and hospitable),” the Danish national told the Inquirer as he noted the truth in the country’s tourism slogans, “It’s more fun in the Philippines” or “It’s more fun doing business in the Philippines.”

The Ramboll team also found personnel of over a dozen government agencies they consulted to be very professional.

Knudsen said consultative meetings were held with officials of several government agencies, including the Philippine Reclamation Authority, Department of Transportation and Communications, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Tourism, National Economic and Development Authority, Manila International Airport Authority, Philippine Ports Authority, as well as the Philippine Navy and Philippine Air Force .

“The conceptual plans that we submitted in our Letters of Intent to the DOTC and the PRA in January have been refined, based on our just concluded data-gathering activities and meetings with stakeholders,” Knudsen told the Inquirer.

Knudsen confirmed claims made by William Tieng, chair of the Solar Group, the lead local partner of ARRC, that the consortium’s foreign partners were bullish about the Philippines and its development prospects, particularly the development of the country’s newest international gateway.

“These foreign business entities have expressed in writing their firm commitment to participate in these modern and major job-generating projects,” Tieng said.

Phase 1 of the airport project calls for the reclamation of 50 hectares offshore of the PAF-operated Danilo Atienza Air Base with a budget of around P8 billion, and the construction of a 200-million-liter bulk liquid port, estimated to cost P10.8 billion.

It also calls for the development of a 50-million-a-year airport terminal and the first of two runway systems, estimated to cost P56.2 billion and P45 billion, respectively.

“The development of the modern passenger terminal is demand-driven based on the current 31-million annual passenger traffic at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the capacity of which is constrained by limited space,” said the ARRC proposal.

The project will also require the development of a connecting road network, as well as a snake-shaped, cable-stayed bridge that would connect the airport to Boulevard 2000.

Construction of Phase 1 is estimated to run from 2014 to 2018 (up to 2020), according to ARRC.

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  • KpTUL

    friendly , hospitable blah blah blah … seriously !

  • PinayShopper2010

    this will generate jobs and help decongest NAIA… i hope it will push through. Cavite is way closer to Manila than Clark
    and there’s already the Cavitex. It’s only a matter of putting an extension on it that would enable it to have an exit direct to Cavite City.

  • A_few_good_men

    This kind of project should push thru. NAIA cannot expand anymore. Cavite City especially the air base there is beside the sea and easily expandable thru reclamation. Build the a new international airport there and divert all regional and international flight there. Limit NAIA to domestic flights just connect it to the new international airport in Cavite City by high speed train that can shuttle between NAIA and Cavite in 10 to 15 mins. By 2016 with the estimated 56 million domestic tourists and 10 million international tourist, NAIA is not enough, Clark should shoulder the excess while waiting for 2 more years till 2018 when the “Greater Manila International Airport (GMIA)” will have been completed in Cavite City. Then NAIA for domestic flights, GMIA for international flights, Clark as buffer and for flights catering to North Luzon markets. Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo and Bohol all have new airport and/or terminal for the Visayas. Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos and Zamboanga Cities should have new airport and/or terminal in Mindanao. Then the country can have more tourists. Tourism is one of the major drivers of our economy and should be supported by world class infrastructure and by making the country very accessible from outside.

  • ManilaMan

    With the way things are going in the Philippines, with the continued economic acceleration and construction boom, this project will definitely see the light within 10 years. By then the improved NAIA would have given way to a new CBD after it has reached its full capacity and surrounding Newport and Entertainment cities have all expanded with no room left. If another crisis hits, expect a delay of another 10 years like the Asian financial crisis of the late 90’s which pushed back the development of the reclamation of Bay City and Aseana. But 20 years since Ramos’s Boulevard 2000 we are now enjoying the Mall of Asia complex and Pagcor’s casino city. We can expect the same for this project, hopefully this time at a much faster pace.

    Environmentalists, out of the way please! Reclamation and coastal management is not the enemy here. Bay dwellers, their pollution and the misplaced bird sanctuary so dangerously close to the airports are your real enemies. Having two world class international airport gateways, one in the North (Clark) and this one in the south (Cavite) will feed your children and your children’s children in the coming years with the 20 million tourists we are aiming in this new international tourism capital of Asia, we need everyone’s cooperation please.

  • wilms1963

    sana matuloy

  • JLFS

    Wait till they will need permits from those gov’t departments if they can still claim that Filipinos are friendly and hospitable.

  • hustlergalore

    alam ba nila na kinakain na ng dagat ang dulo ng airport diyan kasi lumulubog ang sangley point?

    • skylord

      kung seryoso sila sa pag-aaral sa lugar makikita yan, at kaya nmn resolbahin yan sa engineering

      • waybookog

        hongkong airport sagot sa tanong mo. imbes na butasin ang bundok para sa highway at runways…tinambakan ang gilid ng munting isla…napakaganda at nabuhay muli at humigit pa ang pag-lago ng yaman dagat sa paligid nito…

    • mindo601

      baka may kumunoy.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Sana sa Visayas at Mindanao din may project hindi lang yun puro sa Luzon.

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