The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released to the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) the first tranche of a nearly P2.9-billion fund, setting off the first salvo for implementing Clark International Airport’s (CRK) new terminal building project.
Alexander Cauguiran, CIAC president and chief executive officer, confirmed the transfer on March 14 to CIAC of the first tranche amounting to P6.6 million of the P2.893-billion project fund from DOTr, to be used in hiring four consultants through negotiated procurement.
“Thankfully, this huge development will definitely move us forward in realizing CIAC’s plans to accommodate the growing number of passengers at Clark airport,” Cauguiran said in a statement.
The pre-construction activity funds have been released for CIAC to procure consulting services for the detailed engineering and design of, and construction management services for, the new terminal building of Clark airport.
DOTr was allocated P800 million and P2.09 billion in the General Appropriations Act of 2015 and 2016, respectively, for the CRK project’s first phase this year.
Earlier, DOTr and CIAC entered into a memorandum of agreement to download these funds for three horizontal civil works which are components of the Clark airport project.
The CIAC chief also said the bidding and awarding of contract, except for unforeseen obstacles, may be completed by the third quarter of this year.
“For transparency, design consultants will assist CIAC and DOTr in reviewing and finalizing the terms of reference, design drawings and related bid documents,” Cauguiran added.
The construction of a new Clark airport terminal―the first of four design phases―for domestic and international travelers is included in CIAC’s master development plan. The terminal will have a capacity of eight million passengers and will be finished before the term of the current administration ends, Cauguiran said.