A new French-designed modern airport passenger terminal will rise at the Clark International Airport, Pampanga after Malacañang approved the release of the needed P1.2 billion fund for the project last Friday.
Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and chief executive officer Emigdio Tanjuatco said that the terms of reference for the project, which will cost PhP15 billion, are now being prepared for bidding.
Tanjuatco said that President Benigno Aquino III was clear that he does not want the terminal ending up as a white elephant, especially because he is from Central Luzon which hosts Clark airport.
Aquino was briefed on the proposed terminal’s benefits to the people of Central and Northern Luzon, as well as on how it could absorb the shortcomings of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The PhP1.2 billion will be for the first phase of the new terminal to increase Clark airport’s capacity from four million to seven million passengers annually.
Designed by Aeroport de Paris Inc., the terminal will increase Clark airport’s passenger terminal floor area by some 50,000 square meters.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is expected to pursue from the Commission on Elections an exemption from the election ban on government project construction, to pave the way for the completion of the first phase of the project by 2017.
Bidding will be done as soon as the terms of reference are done, and the groundbreaking is expected in June next year.
A consultant will be hired for the construction.
Another substitute would be to create a special bids and awards committee included of representatives from the DOTC and CIAC.
The project’s second phase will increase Clark airport’s passenger capacity to 16 million annually by 2022.