New Bulacan airport site development 70% complete

New Bulacan airport site development 70% complete
Photo from San Miguel Corp.
  • Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista says land development for the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan is 70% complete
  • A 25,000-hectare coastal property in Bulakan town is being reclaimed and developed for the airport site
  • Department of Transportation is speeding up other transport infrastructure projects to boost the economy

Land development at the site of the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulakan, Bulacan, is 70% complete, according to Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista.

In a television interview, Bautista disclosed that the airport project being undertaken by San Miguel Aerocity Inc. (SMAI), a wholly owned subsidiary of San Miguel Holdings Corp.,  has reached at least “70% completion” of land development.

The land development activity involves reclaiming, packing and shoring up the 25,000-hectare coastal property in the town of Bulakan where SMAI will establish the airport’s platform to ensure ground stability that is suitable for airport operations.

SMAI says on its website that the P740 billion airport project, San Miguel Holdings Corp.’s single largest investment to date, could begin construction of the facilities after the first quarter of 2024.

In a recent meeting, San Miguel Corp. president and chief executive Ramon Ang told Bautista that NMIA is “on track,” the transport chief said.

The project comprises airfield facilities, a terminal building, airport and airline support facilities, access roads, parking, utilities, an airport city, and other ancillary facilities. The airport will be easily accessible from Metro Manila and Luzon provinces via a master-planned infrastructure network.

The transport department is optimistic that the Bulacan airport will be “partly operational” before President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. finishes his term in 2028.

In a related development, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the transport infrastructure projects are being expedited and expected to help the country’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

In his second State of the Nation Address on July 24, Marcos said that physical connectivity infrastructures, including seaports, airports, and mass transport, account for 83% of his administration’s “Build, Better, More” program.

“The underlying logic to our infrastructure development is economic efficiency. We are opening up all gateways to mobilize goods and services at less cost and in less time, and, ultimately, to drive the economy,” Marcos said.

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Bautista said the DOTr is accelerating rail, maritime, road, and aviation infrastructure projects that will bring about socio-economic benefits.