It is now a greenlight for the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan. Yesterday, San Miguel Corporation's (SMC) President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang and Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade signed the concession agreement for San Miguel Aerocity Inc to finance, build, operate, and maintain the envisioned NMIA at Taliptip, Bulacan.
The DOTr secretary also signed the Notice to Proceed for the construction of the airport which is slated to start within the year.
The NMIA aims to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). It is envisioned to handle around 200 million passengers per year and will be equipped with a 4-parallel runway system.
The deal grants SMC a 50-year concession period.
In a DOTr statement, Secretary Tugade said, "Ang mahalaga po diyan ay 'yung pasahero, 'yung riding public. Alam niyo 'ho kung bakit? ‘Pagkat kung meron nang Bulacan Airport, NAIA at Clark Airport, let it be a battle of commercial competitiveness. And if it becomes a battle of commercial competitiveness, who benefits? It is the riding public, because the riding public will be given a freedom of choice.”
“It's all about comfort. It's all about convenience. It's all about putting life to the President's wish and desire for a comfortable life for Filipinos," he added.