DM Wenceslao and Associates, Inc., the company tasked to conduct the technical study on the project said an offshore airport with a raised platform is technically viable.
Delfin Wenceslao, Jr, chairman, however , wants commitment from the government to do the project not just finishing the technical feasibility of the project.
The Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) asked DM to come up with a complementary facility to NAIA.
NAIA’s present design is limited to servicing 34 flights an hour, both take-off and landing, way below the current traffic of 54 flights an hour.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) is looking at all the means to ease the congestion in the airport. The department has thought of transferring some flights to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Pampanga or shifting special flights and cargo cariers to the military facility in Sangley Point in Cavite.
Just recently, Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corp. and Philippine Airlines said he plans to put up a new airport.
Wenceslao said the problem with NAIA is that it is a single runway, which if blocked off cuts all traffic. So off we go to Clark (DMIA). The second course is to put a second runway with a common tower..
The parallel runways at DMIA are also deemed too near each other at only 550 meters apart. Hong Kong International Airport’s parallel distance is at 1.5 kilometers, while Changi International Airport which has three runways have a distance of 1.6 kilometers and 1.7 kilometers between each other.
Another problem with the current airport is that expansion is restricted given the residential area around the airport.
Wenceslao said the offshore airport will be difficult to be encroached given its distance from populous areas.
Wenceslao however said the study of the airport remains hanging given the lack of a parallel study on the financing side, of which he said would first need certain concessions from the government.
“Doing the feasibility study would require a minimum of P100 million to P200 million, which could even be inadequate since the government spent $10 million in its study for LRT line 1. So before (suppose) I spend that I want to get a mandate. Because anyone who undertakes a study on that and proposes it under the built-operate-transfer (BOT) mechanism takes the risk that he loses all his investments should he lose the Swiss challenge,” said Wenceslao.
“If the proponent loses the challenge procedure, the government should return his money,” he added.
Wenceslao though said the government can opt to fund the study and the project on its own.
Wenceslao said having the airport off Cavite will also be good economically for the area as well as continue to support the investments poured into government-solicited projects like the $4billion, 100-hectare, Bagong Nayon Entertainment City project, commonly called Pagcor City, in Pasay City.
Pagcor City is right beside DM Wenceslao’s ASEANA City which was a single reclamation project in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s that was ventured into by the company in partnership with the PRA. PRA’s interest in the reclaimed area, roughly a 50-50 sharing, has become what is now the Pagcor City.
Since then ASEAN City has been slowly developed in partnership with other businesses, with 60 percent of the land already under joint-ventures.
Among the businesses to venture in ASEANA City are listed firms Anchorland Holdings, Inc., Alphaland Corp., Puregold Price Club, Inc., Tune group of hotels, and others, with an estimated investments of about $3 billion for the next five years.
The area is expected to generate between 50,000 - 70,00 jobs in the next three years with the existing development works in the area.
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