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Friday, August 31, 2007

GMA firm on bid to make Clark mega logistics hub

Orders drafting of EO allotting 300 hectares for airport expansion

By FRED ROXAS - Manila Bulletin

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga – President Arroyo has directed the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) to draft an executive order in connection with a plan to regain a 300-hectare area which would be used for the future expansion of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

Earlier, the area was allotted by Clark Development Corp. (CDC) as site for the proposed Central Business District, but this was turned down by the President.

CIAC chairman Nestor Mangio said that the President is firm on her plan to convert the Clark into a mega logistics and services hub in Asia.

Mangio said the 300-hectare area would be used as sites for cargo terminal, warehouses, buildings, and logistic center for the airport complex.

"The President instructed us (CIAC) to draft an executive order to seal the 300 hectares for CIAC," he said.

"Anyway I told the Clark Development Corporation, any economic benefit for CIAC will redown to the benefit of the parent company," Mangio said.

He also said that the approved 2005 master plan for the development of DMIA is now being studied by Synergy, a Chinese consortuim, to update the plan and tailor it to the proposal.

"But most likely, it is using the same master plan, layout, especially for the terminal, the taxiways which cannot be removed from the master plan, as well as those runways," he said.

Mangio also said the Chinese consortuim will submit by the end of this month a proposal which includes a low-fare terminal or Terminal ll which would be expanded so as to accommodate at least two million passengers, and another expansion at the other side will increase it to five million passengers.

He said that the existing terminal cannot accommodate the influx of passengers being transported by the low-cost air carriers using DMIA.

"So this will serve as the Interim Legacy Carrier Terminal which would be use for the long-haul flights," he also said.

"But after that, we will do the main terminal, which will be the Premier Gateway, and that proposal will come at the end of September," he said.

Mangio said that the Premier Gateway will accommodate some 10 million passengers, announcing that the Chinese consortuim will fund the project at no cost to the government.

Synergy has offered to fund the project at no cost, no loan, no guarantee and equity, he said.

He said that cost of the project could reach .6 billion for the main gateway, and the other terminal expansion could cost about R2 billion.

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