Posts Tagged ‘New Bohol (Panglao) Airport Development Project’

More PPP projects up for approval

Business World, 26 May 2014


AT LEAST THREE public-private partnership (PPP) projects could be approved for rollout by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, which is scheduled to meet this Thursday.

Tabled for discussion, among others, are the operation and maintenance (O&M) contract for Metro Manila’s Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) and the P2.5-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS)-Southwest Terminal, and the P15.92-billion O&M for the Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan de Oro.

The ITS deal is already scheduled for bidding next month while the two O&M deals have yet to be rolled out. A cost estimate for the LRT-2 project has yet to be issued.

“We have to go back to the NEDA Board for a minor modification which will be discussed on May 29, with regard to changes in bid parameters,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya told BusinessWorld last week when asked about the status of the ITS project.

This was confirmed by Cosette V. Canilao, executive director of the PPP Center, who also said last week that “we are introducing changes in the parameters of the bidding.”

She declined to be more specific but Mr. Abaya said one of the concerns raised by prospective investors was the size of a government subsidy.

Interested investors include Ayala Land, Inc., Ayala Corp. Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. and San Miguel Corp. Representatives from these firms were not immediately available for comment.

The ITS-Southwest Terminal project involves the construction of a transport hub that will cater to Cavite-based commuters, facilitating their travel to Metro Manila. Bids for the build-transfer-operate deal with a 35-year “cooperation period” are due on June 16.

The LRT-2 O&M, meanwhile, is also on the agenda for the May 29 NEDA Board meeting, PPP Center project manager Johan G. Martinez yesterday said.

PPP Center information officer Daniel Ngilay said the P2.34-billion enhanced O&M for the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport was also up for discussion, but Mr. Abaya yesterday said this could be dropped.

“O&M LRT Line 2 and O&M of the Laguindingan Airport will be included,” he said in a text message. “But Panglao O&M might be removed because too many projects [will be discussed], but it will surely be included in the next one (NEDA board meeting).”

All three O&M deals are in a list of five PPPs that are up for NEDA Board approval according to the PPP Center. The others are the P18.724-billion New Centennial Water Supply project that will benefit Metro Manila and the P122.8-billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike.

The NEDA is the government body responsible for economic development and planning. It is currently headed by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.

Policy and projects are decided by the NEDA Board that Mr. Aquino heads. Mr. Balisacan sits as vice-chairman.

Its current members include Vice-President Jejomar S. Binay, Executive Secretary Paquito V. Ochoa, Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad, Local Governments Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, Environment Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, Transportation’s Mr. Abaya, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, Science Secretary Mario G. Montejo, Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo and central bank Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo.

The PPP program is a centerpiece of the Aquino government, which has so far awarded seven projects since late 2011.


Villar firm seen bidding for ‘bundled’ PPP projects

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 March 2014

By Miguel R. Camus


Eyes ventures with real estate components

The family of former Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. may join other players in bidding for “bundled” airport public private partnership (PPP) deals that the government may auction as it seeks to diversify its presence in infrastructure projects with strong real estate components.

Manuel Paolo Villar, CEO of the family’s real estate company Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., said these projects would be pursued under privately held Primewater Infrastructure Corp. and airports, expressways and railways would be part of the mix.

Primewater is already part of the MTD consortium, which is bidding for the Light Rail Transit Line 1 extension to Cavite, which Villar noted had plenty of potential when it comes to real estate.

“For PPPs, we are trying to focus on where we are good at, which is property,” Villar said, citing potential synergies like commercial centers located along train stations.

“So airports are one of the things we are looking at, but we won’t do it alone,” he added. “Airports are a huge real estate play.”

Recently, the government indicated that it was looking at bundling airport operations contracts for Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Bohol and Laguindingan (Misamis Oriental) under the PPP scheme.

The PPP Center had said that it would meet with private sector players to help determine the optimal size of bundling.

Airports in Davao, Bacolod and Iloilo handled about 5.5 million passengers in 2011, government documents showed. The Mactan Cebu International Airport, the Philippines’s second-busiest airport, handled about 6.7 million passengers last year.

Other groups that may participate in the planned auction of bundled airports include Aboitiz Equity Ventures, JG Summit Holdings and Metro Pacific Investments as well as San Miguel Corp.

Despite this interest, bidders had said that they were interested in seeing a resolution to the issues surrounding the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport deal, the government’s first airport PPP.

The awarding of the project, originally scheduled on Jan. 6 this year, had been delayed as the Filinvest group, which gave the second-highest offer, raised various issues, including an alleged conflict of interest violation, against frontrunner Megawide-GMR.

Megawide-GMR offered a P14.4-billion bid against the P14 billion offer of Filinvest-Changi. The main conflict-of-interest allegation, being contested by GMR-Megawide, involves a key official of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, which is a partner of a rival consortium for the Cebu airport deal, who is also a director of two airports that GMR operates in India.


Tagbilaran Airport expansion set as New Bohol Airport in Panglao awaits completion

InterAksyon, 27 January 2014

By Philippine News Agency


TAGBILARAN CITY — Bohol’s gateways gained highlights in the national discussions on 2014 infrastructure directions with the governor’s lobbying for expansion of the Tagbilaran Airport with an additional apron and terminal while waiting for the completion of the bigger New Bohol Airport in Panglao.

The recommendation to put up an additional apron and terminal building at the Tagbilaran had been presented to the officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) by Undersecretary Julianito Bucayan Jr. of the DOTC Project Implementation and Special Concerns in a recent meeting in Manila.

Gov. Edgar Chatto reported this through a long distance call from Manila while he attended the general assembly of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP).

Bucayan visited Bohol last week to confirm the feasibility of putting up the second apron at the Tagbilaran City Airport and to also inspect the status of the ongoing land preparation and perimeter fencing at the site of the New Bohol Airport in Panglao.

Chatto said Bucayan found it practical to immediately ease the congestion at the city airport.

This is also to prevent a repeat of the incident wherein all Tagbilaran flights had been cancelled because a stalled aircraft was occupying the sole apron at the city airport; this happened twice already this month because of the one-aircraft per apron policy of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Chatto said there is already an available property in barangay Taloto that the airport management can lease for the site of the additional apron and one more terminal building.

The property is located next to the existing runway and its final lease arrangement is now under negotiation with the owner.

These details had been included in the presentation of Bucayan during Friday’s meeting with CAAP and DOTC higher officials.

Instead of being just a back-up apron, it will be a full set of additional facility with its own terminal so the airlines can have their respective assignments for the smooth arrival and departure systems.

The governor expressed optimism that CAAP will approve the recommendation considering its exigency while waiting for the completion of the New Bohol Airport in Panglao.

In fact, the new set of apron and terminal is expected to be bigger than the existing one.

On the other hand, Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II announced the bidding of the main civil works for the implementation of the New Bohol Airport development and environment sustainability project has been set in March.

In fact, groups of Japanese investors are here to check the runway in Panglao from time to time as they intended to participate in the bidding.

The New Bohol Airport package includes components on sewerage disposal system, solid waste disposal system, and a stable waterworks system.

Damalerio, who leads the local project management team, also said the land acquisition has already been completed with just about 12 remaining lots up for final processing for barter.

The local team is just waiting for CAAP and DOTC to get the authority to enter into the barter agreement.


P4.8-B New Panglao Airport open to Japanese contractors

Manila Bulletin, 05 December 2013

By Kris Bayos


The Philippine government is inviting Japanese contractors to join the bidding for the P4.8-billion contract to build a new airport in Panglao Island, Bohol, a project funded by the Japanese government.

There will be a single-stage bidding procedure for the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project such that there will be no pre-qualification stage.

But the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) stressed that only Japanese contractors are eligible as prime contractor for the project and Filipinos or other nationalities can be eligible as sub-contractors.

The project, funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), covers the construction of passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, drivers’ lounge, car parks, guard house, toll booths, utility and navigational aids buildings, access roads and airport infrastructure including runway strip and taxiways.

It also covers the supply and installation of water and power supply system, sewage treatment system, air navigation facilities, and aeronautical ground lighting.

Interested bidders can purchase the bid documents for $1,000. A pre-bidding conference is set on January 6 while the deadline for submission of bids is set on March 3.

The new international airport in Bohol is soon to rise in a 216-hectare land in Panglao Island and will replace the old Tagbilaran Airport.

Representatives of JICA and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines signed the official development assistance loan agreement for the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project last March 27.

According to JICA, the airport construction will be using Japanese environmental conservation technologies due to the conditions of the Japan-tied procurement.

“Under the concept of ‘an eco airport,’ the project will construct a new environmentally friendly airport using advanced Japanese technology, including a photovoltaic power generation system and geotextile sheets in the soaking yard to prevent airport drainage water from polluting the surrounding environment during construction,” JICA said in its website

JICA said the completion of the project expected by June 2016. “After the construction is completed, technical assistance will be provided for environmental protection to avoid a negative impact to the natural environment caused by the increase in tourists,” JICA added.


Aquino lists projects to finish by term end

Business World, 03 December 2013

By K.M.P. Tubadeza


PRESIDENT Benigno S. C. Aquino III wants several infrastructure projects completed before the end of his term.

Asked during a forum in Pasay City yesterday what he wants to see a day before his term ends, the President said: “The attitude of the people, from being apathetic to really being involved, and we’re seeing that now. But in terms of concrete manifestations of the same, maybe Terminal 1 [of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA], I think, will be finished — the refurbishing by that time.”

“Hopefully, NLEx (North Luzon Expressway) and SLEx (South Luzon Expressway) — the connector will also be up and running by that time, and the TPLEx (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La-Union Expressway),” Mr. Aquino said.

“More importantly is the airports will be substantially finished… Panglao, Mactan, and so many others,” he also said, adding that he also hoped for “at least the start of the light rail systems.”

The P1.64-billion NAIA Terminal 1 rehabilitation project entails repairing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems, as well as retrofitting the overall structure of an airport some critics have dubbed the world’s worst.

The Transportation department has moved the bidding for the project to this month. It was originally scheduled for Nov. 15.

The first phase of the P23.8-billion TPLEx was partially opened Oct. 30. It is a 17-kilometer road stretching from Tarlac City to Gerona in Tarlac province. It is expected to cut travel time between Manila and Baguio to two to three hours from six.

The P4.63-billion construction of a new airport in Panglao, Bohol is to replace the existing Tagbilaran Airport. The project is up for auction to Japanese contractors, according to a bulletin from the Transportation department last month.

Meanwhile, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport New Passenger Terminal project is being offered under the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) program. The Transportation department is currently evaluating the technical proposals submitted by seven bidders.

Light rail projects in the government’s pipeline include the P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension, the P62.7-billion Metro Rail Transit 7 Project, and the LRT-1 North Extension.


DOTC opens bid for new Bohol airport

Rappler, 22 November 2013


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has issued an invitation to bid for the proposed P4.8-billion new airport in Panglao, Bohol.

The construction and sustainable environment protection project would replace the existing airport in the province’s capital of Tagbilaran. The province was recently devastated by a powerful quake, and this new investment is seen to help boost its economy.

A pre-bid conference is scheduled on Jan 6, 2014, while the submission and opening of bids is scheduled on March 3, 2014.

The bidding is limited to Japanese nationals in the case of the prime contractor and other nationalities in case of the sub-contractors.

According to the DOTC, the project, funded through a concessional loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), would have 6 components:

1. General requirements including insurances, employer’s and engineer’s facilities, environment management, project and maintenance equipment;

2. The construction of access road and airport infrastructure including runway strip, runway taxiways, among others;

3. Utility works such as water supply, power supply, sewage treatment;

4. The passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, driver’s lounge, car parks toilet, guard house, among others;

5. The air navigation facilities;

6. The aeronautical ground lighting works

The DOTC said that in the case of a joint venture,the prime contractor should be Japanese and that they should contribute more than 50 percent of the total contract amount.

The bidding would be conducted through a single-stage two-envelope procedure with no pre-qualification, folliowing the applicable guidelines for procurement under Japanese official development assistance loans.

To qualify, a bidder should submit audited balance sheets or financial statements showing net worth. The company should also have a minimum average annual construction turnover of 8 billion yen and its joint venture partners should have been a subcontractor or management contractor for at least 10 years.

The Bohol airport project is part of a loan agreement signed by the Aquino government and JICA worth P23.9 billion, which was meant to fund the extension of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2 and the construction of a new Bohol airport. -


New Bohol airport to boost PH global competitiveness

The Bohol Standard, 15 September 2013

By Ven rebo Arigo


The new Bohol airport’s rise and the development of other airports in the country are foreseen to make the Philippines to the top one-third of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI).

The modern international airport which will rise on Panglao island is among the major projects in the public-private partnership (PPP) program of the Aquino administration to address the country’s infrastructure issue.

During the recent World Economic Forum (WEF), the infrastructure concern in the country floated as the most problematic among the so-called 12 pillars of economic development.

The WEF report cited the airport as one of the problematic infrastructures in the country and, according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Sec. Gregory Domingo, the implementation of priority airport projects is a key to global competitiveness.

The country placed 59th in the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report of the WEF from 65th spot in 2012 and it has to elevate to the 49th rank to be in the top one-third of the competitiveness index.

The higher slot is attainable once the country’s state of infrastructure, especially involving airports, is raised to higher level.

Bohol’s effort was intensified when Gov. Edgar Chatto on Wednesday presided another meeting of the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project (NBACSEPP) – Local Project Management Team (LPMT) at the People’s Mansion.

The meeting was attended by Engr. Florencio de la Cruz, Jr. and Larry Holgado of the Department of Transportation and Communications – Project Management Office (DOTC-PMO) and consultant Yuki Todoroki of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The governor led the discussion on the progress of the various pre-construction phases of the airport project, which is set for concrete implementation next year until it is finished before the term of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III ends in 2016.

Updates were provided on the resettlement project, extent of land acquisition which includes the lot for water storage facility, monitoring system on the resettlement action plan which JICA would like to be further strengthened, and livelihood and restoration and employment plan, among other social components of the gigantic airport project.

The Bohol airport project is to be executed under a multi-year fund package involving releases from the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Philippine government counterpart.

First District Rep. Rene Relampagos said the donor entity which is the the Japanese government thru JICA finances the great bulk of the project, which costs P7.2 billion, while the Philippine government counterparts 10% of the total amount.

Of DOTC’s P48.7 billion funding next year, almost P30 billion will go to the modernization of the country’ transport system, including the development of airports like the new one for Bohol

Over P9 billion will fund the development of air facilities, including the start of the Bohol airport construction within the second quarter of 2014.

The DOTC budget for 2014 shows an increase of over 30% which, according to Chatto, could further prove the president’s sincerity in assuring repeatedly the Boholanos of the realization of their dream airport after its conception over 20 years ago.

Relampagos said the tendering of the bid documents for airport works are set within the first quarter of 2014 en route to the start of project’s concrete implementation between April and June.

The governor and congressman are coordinating in hastening the issuance from the DOTC to the winning bidder of the notice to proceed with the perimeter fencing of the airport site this year.

Relampagos, who succeeded Chatto in the chairmanship of the tourism committee in Congress, was bold and confident in saying yesterday of the airport project, “One thing is sure. It’s there already.”


Bohol airport work ‘shifts’ to high gear

The Bohol Standard, 14 July 2013


TAGBILARAN CITY – Planners, implementers, and even stakeholders, are now staking out their efforts and resources with special attention focused to make the long-delayed New Bohol Airport project done.

The Multi-partite Monitoring Team composed of multi-agency and stakeholders as initiated by the provincial government led by Gov. Edgar Chatto and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) rushed to meet for the first time at JJs Seafood Restaurant this city last week to tackle pressing issues. These include tasks of the team and the most important, the environmental monitoring fund and environmental guarantee fund forged in an 8-page Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by regional director Fernando P. Quililan and project director Guillermo L. Leonardo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and DOTC, respectively.

On hand to personally attend to grace the said meeting was Gov. Chatto who met and huddled with Undersec. Julianito G. Bucayan, Jr., and Asec. Ildefonso T. Patdu, both of the DOTC to thresh out matters affecting the ambitious project that eventually and hopefully replaced the aging Tagbilaran City airport that is becoming congested as it becoming busy both in arrivals and air flights.

Also in attendance and participation were DENR regional executive director Isabelo Montejo; DENR Engr. William, OIC, regional director for Environmental Management Bureau; Engr. Florencio dela Cruz, Jr., project manager of the DOTC’ Engr. Brian S. GErundo, environmental specialist; Penro Nestor Canda; Engr. MarcelinoT. Tabuco, TECHCOM chairman; provincial administrator Alfonso Damalerio II; Dauis Mayor Miriam Sumaylo; Panglao Mayor Nila Montero; Mr. Danny Reyes, president of the land owners association affected by the project, consultants of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and other stakeholders.

OVER VIEW. Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II with Gov. Edgar M. Chatto accompanies DOTC Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya to visit the local project management satellite office of the New Bohol Airport in Tawala, Panglao, where right then and there the DOTC chief approved the Php8M resettlement project. They were joined by First District Representative Rene Relampagos, the New Bohol Airport Project Management Team, JICA people, and the UP Advisory Council. (EDCOM)

Bohol airport work

ECC and Facilities
The project, dubbed as New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project (NBACSPP), formerly known as Panglao Island Airport Development Project (PIADP) has been granted by the DENR of the Environmental Compliance Certificate No. ECC-RO7-1304-0074, formerly ECC-RO7-0804-0133-25 signed by Cunado and Quililan.

Under the ECC, the project with 216 hectares is located in barangays Bolod, Danao, Tawala and Lourdes, all in Panglao island.

The plans include the construction of 2,000 meters long (formerly 2,500 meters) by 75 meters paved runway and shoulders on each side; 250 meters by 161 meters for parking area; two taxi ways from the apron to the runway. The ECC however showed that for long term development, the runway may be extended to some 3,400 meters.

It will have a passenger terminal building with an area of 8,748 (sq) meters (formerly 7,600 sq. m.); 978 sq. m. cargo terminal; 1,600 sq, m. administration (formerly 1,000 sq.m.), the ECC showed. Expansion of terminal building is also being considered by 20,000 sq.m. and expansion of the apron “to accommodate a total of seven (7) aircrafts and expansion of cargo terminal building and administration building; and improvement of crash-fire-rescue facility.

Included in the facilities are: air traffic control tower; crash-fire-rescue; airport maintenance building; airport utilities; visual and navigational equipment; power house and installation of standby generator; airport security fence; airport perimeter road with an area of 9.145 kms; and airport access road of 3.516 kms.

The ECC amendments also include additional facilities, such as Instrumental Landing System (ILS very high Omni directional radio); soaking yard /ponding area; Aeronotical Ground Light; Apron of 161 m x 300m; runway strip of 2,000m x 45m; and provision of the additional taxiway and access road.

The ECC provides that the “proponent shall ensure that all commitments, appropriate mitigating/enhancement measures and monitoring requirements” and its modifications “shall be instituted and strictly implemented throughout the project implementation.”

The EC also requires the project proponent to establish and maintain a private nursery of 572,500 seedlings (formerly only 200,000 seedlings) to support P-Noy’s Green Philippines Master Plan for planting activities to replenish the destruction of vegetation in the airport area in the course of project construction, said Penro Nestor Canda. The purpose of which is “to serve as buffer and compensate the removal of vegetation caused by the project implementation.” The planted trees shall be maintained and monitored throughout the lifespan of the project, the ECC provides.

MOA, Project components
The project’s Environmental management Plan was also tackled by the MMT with emphasis on the following: Plans on Impact Management, social development, information education and communication, emergency response, and abandonment plan.

The MOA provides for the creation of the MMT composed of DENR; DENR-EMB; DOTC; Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP); Bohol provincial government; municipalities of Panglao and Dauis; and barangays of Danao, Bolod, Tawala and Lourdes; accredited non-government organizations, such as the Panglao Landowners Association multi-prpose cooperative; and academe, such as the Holy Name University and Bohol Island State University; and other concerned agencies, such as DENR-PENRO and Department of Tourism.

The MMT is mandated to monitor project compliance as stipulate din the ECC; validate proponent’s self-monitoring; receive complaints and gather important information; prepare and integrate and disseminate monitoring reports to the stakeholders in the community; and make regular submission of report.

The MOA provides for the establishment of what it called as Environmental Management Fund (EMF) to support the MMT activities based on the approved annual work and financial plan.

DOTC is required to open an account for the said fund to the tune of PhP794,800 to fund the organization of the MMT.

The MOA also provides for the establishment of the Environmental Guarantee Fund (EGF) in the amount of one million pesos (Php1-million) in trust. It shall be used to rehabilitate the areas affected by the clearing of vegetation and damages to the environment and its deterioration as a direct result of the construction and operation of the project.

The fund is also intended for the conduct of the scientific and research studies that affect or related to the project and contingency clean-up activities, environmental enhancement measures, damage prevention and social equity, such as livelihood, and social development programs.

EGF cash fund of another one million pesos is also being stipulated in the MOA. This is mainly earmarked for “immediate rehabilitation an compensation of affected communities in case of damage or accients” aside from to cover the operational costs of the EGF committee, the MOA said.

The EGF committee to do the management and administration is composed of Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-7) as the chairman. The DOTC is the vice-chair; and Bohol provincial government, municipalities of Panglao and Dauis, members.

The New Bohol Airport project, which has been conceived 22 years ago, will soon be materialized. “We can see it by third quarter of 2015,” thus assured secretary Joseph Emilio “Jun” Abaya of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Abaya, who recently graced the oath-taking of provincial officials here, said that the Php7.14 billion project with the blessing of P-Noy is the “key driver” of Bohol’s tourism industry. And for this, he said, every tourist coming in here means a job for the Boholanos.

Bohol has seen the increasing influx of both domestic and foreign visitors, posting more than 570,000 last year. (RVO)


Panglao airport designed as green tropical airport

The modern airport to rise in Panglao has been redesigned for sustainable development as a tropical airport, also as a way to brace against the impact of climate change.

Emmanuel Rabacal, chairman of the Regional Development Council’s Infrastructure and Development Committee (RDC-IDC), had recently been quoted that the New Bohol Airport project can now move on with the recent endorsement from RDC-7.

This time, the New Bohol Airport will be funded using a Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency-Overseas Development assistance (JICA-ODA), with a counterpart fund from the Philippine Government.

The airport to be constructed in Panglao will be considered a tropical airport “to better suit the theme of the island and will be designed like a typical tropical resort”, according to Cebu-based airport officials.

This confirmed the pronouncement of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. during his visit to Bohol last month that the project is now called New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project.

The budgetary requirement of P7.44 billion would be taken from a P5.862-billion STEP loan with JICA and the national government will provide the P1.578 billion.

It will still be implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center posted in the government website disclosed that the project will engage the private sector for its operation and maintenance of the airport facility that is described as a greenfield facility.

The PPP Center even considers it as a replacement “to the existing Tagbilaran Airport within a 230-hectare spread”.

The DOTC also designed it “primarily to meet the initial requirements for domestic flight operations and possibly accommodate international flights during off-peak hours or at night time”.

As of this month, the project is already at the finalization stage.

The RDC-7 officials described that it will have a single-storey building and will use environmentally sustainable components, natural lights and ventilation for most public areas except the pre-departure lobby and offices.

Ecologists theorized that less heat released to the environment will lessen the factors that develop climate change catastrophes.

A bidding will later be conducted for the operations and management of the New Bohol Airport.

Jimenez earlier explained that ODA bears low interest rates, considering that the borrower is the government. With PPP, the borrowing that the private sector might resort to would be imposed higher interest rates.

The revision of the project details had already been approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee (ICC).

With the assurance of no less than President Aquino, the construction of the tropical airport in Panglao is expected commence in the second .half of 2013 and be completed by 2016.

This new development jibed with a recent wish statement of an observer  that the sprawling city airport area is a good sight for future PEZA site to house BPO and KPO firms.


Cebu, Panglao airports gain support from regional council

14 October 2012, Sun Star Cebu


CEBU CITY – The Regional Development Council (RDC) finally endorsed the expansion of the Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal or MCIA-T2, after receiving the Lapu-Lapu City Government’s endorsement of the project.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) welcomed the RDC’s approval and endorsement of the expansion of the MCIA, which is expected to boost tourism in the region.

MCIA Authority (MCIAA) General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete said the expansion project will cost P8 billion and the operations and management will fall under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program of the Aquino administration.

The project has attracted interest from, among others, Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV), which signed a joint venture agreement to bid for the MCIA-T2.

Also endorsed by RDC Central Visayas is the new Bohol airport in Panglao, which will be constructed for an estimated cost of P7.4 billion.

Villarete said the airport in Panglao will be called a tropical airport to better suit the theme of the island and will be designed like a typical tropical resort.

“It will have a single-storey building and will use environmentally sustainable components, natural lights and ventilation for most public areas except the pre-departure lobby and offices,” Villarete said.

MCIA-T2 will be constructed as a PPP venture, while the Bohol Airport will be funded using a Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency-Overseas Development Assistance (JICA-ODA), with a counterpart fund from the Philippine Government.

A separate bidding will be conducted for the operations and management of the Bohol facility.

The MCIA-T2, on the other hand, includes the construction of the second Passenger Terminal Building (PTB or T2) right beside the existing terminal, and the expansion of the existing Terminal 1.

“Private sector participation will not only involve the construction of MCIA-T2 but also the operations and maintenance of the entire landside operations, both MCIA-T2 and MCIA-T1. It will also include construction of a new apron and other landside facilities such as car park, access roads and airside rehabilitation like the overlay for runway and taxiway, development cargo and ground support areas, among others,” Villarete said.

Emmanuel Rabacal, chairman of the RDC Infrastructure and Development Committee (IDC), said that with the endorsement of the two projects, both projects can move on.

“This will boost the tourism industry in Cebu and Bohol, in particular, and in the country in general,” Rabacal said. (EOB of Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 15, 2012.


Central Visayas PPP projects await approval

25 June 2012, Business World Online

by Marlen D. Limpag


CEBU CITY — Two major airport projects proposed for the Central Visayas region that will be implemented through the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme are still awaiting government approval, a regional official said.

Efren B. Carreon, assistant regional director of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), said the proposed P5.8-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport passenger terminal still needs the endorsement of the Lapu-Lapu City Council, while the long delayed P8-billion New Bohol (Panglao) Airport Development Project is currently up for review.

Mr. Carreon said the feasibility study for the proposed Mactan airport terminal has been completed. But the project, which is under review by the city council, will also have to be endorsed by the Central Visayas Regional Development Council before it is submitted for approval to the NEDA Investment Coordination Committee.

A Japanese mission, meanwhile, is expected to arrive in Cebu soon to again evaluate the Panglao airport project, Mr. Carreon said.

This project will involve the construction of an airport of international standards to replace the existing domestic airport in Tagbilaran City, Bohol and serve as alternative to the Mactan airport.

Also in the pipeline is the proposed bus rapid transit system in Cebu, which needs an endorsement from the Investment Coordination Committee of NEDA before it can push through.

The P11.9-billion transport program is proposed for funding by the Cebu City Government and the Department of Transportation and Communications.

Mr. Carreon said two other big projects planned in the region are the improvement and rehabilitation of the Dumaguete North Road and the Siquijor airport.

He said the work on the Dumaguete North Road will cover areas hit hard by an earthquake in February.

The P1.5-billion project will involve work on the road stretch from Manjuyod to Villahermoso towns. The project is scheduled to start this year and is expected to be completed by 2015.

The Siquijor airport renovation, on the other hand, will be implemented by the third quarter of this year. “Apart from the Dumaguete road and Siquijor airport projects, which already have funding, the others are in the advanced pre-approval stage,” Mr. Carreon said. – Marlen D. Limpag