Japanese firm gets P1.9B to finish Naia 3

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Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—The government has finally sealed a P1.9-billion deal with Japanese contractor Takenaka Corp.  to make Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 3 fully operational next year but the rehabilitation itself could take longer than initially expected.

In a statement, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Saturday said it had “reached an agreement” with Takenaka with an eye toward having Terminal 3 fully operational by August 2014.

This timetable was pushed back from the original target to complete the project by the first quarter of 2014.

“We just put a little buffer for contingency,” Transport Secretary Joseph Abaya said in a text message.

Under the terms of the agreement, Takenaka will complete the work within 12 months, the DOTC said. These include the baggage handling, flight information display, computer terminal, gate coordination and fire protection systems.

Naia Terminal 3 is currently operating at half its annual capacity of 13 million passengers due to certain structural issues. These issues are what Takenaka would address.

“The full operation of Terminal 3 will allow for a faster and more pleasant experience for passengers flying in and out of Manila,” the DOTC said in the statement.

Terminal 3 is the newest facility in the country’s busiest international airport.  The Naia terminals are the main gateway to Metro Manila and are projected to serve a total of 34 million passengers this year, the Manila International Airport Authority said last month.

Terminal 3 opened in 2008 after being mothballed for six years.

It failed to open in 2002 after the Philippine government under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo alleged that the contract with Philippine International Airport Terminal Co. (Piatco), the consortium that won the right to build the terminal during the Ramos administration, was riddled with irregularities.

Takenaka was hired by Piatco as a subcontractor for Terminal 3.

Further delays to the rehabilitation of the terminal were caused by years of litigation between the Philippine government and Piatco and the latter’s German shareholder Fraport AG.

Fraport still has a pending arbitration case against the Philippine government before the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes  in Washington DC in the United States.

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  • Ronald Diaz

    Why always focusing the developments in Luzon particularly in Manila that is why Luzon now is very ridiculous? Our government should also share the investment to Visayas and Mindanao to divide the people looking for a job.

    Like for instance in Mactan,Cebu – the airport was very small which are very difficult to accommodate even domestic flights.

    This is unfair for us from Visayas and Mindanao.

    • Godzilla

      manila airports are the most congested of all the airports in the philippines. It is only fitted that the naia 3 should be fully operational soon to address the air traffic. When it comes to developments, yes I am with you. But you can’t blame metro manila for having all these developments because it is the center of commerce and local headquarters of most of the companies here. The density of the population in the metro is so huge and that it is not only the manilenos that benefited from these developments but also those people in the provinces who took refuge from this city’s bustling economy. To blame why in the past developments were focused in metro manila only is already futile. We have to move forward and I can see that the government is trying its best to develop many cities in the phils when it comes to commerce, tourism and infrastructure. The efforts may not be enough but we must be persistent for equitable distribution of wealth. You might think that living here in Manila is a paradise but daily commuting within metro manila is much more deplorable than commuting in cebu or davao. It means more people experiences all sort of inconveniences here than people in the north or the south seldom do encounter.

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