PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
PNoy gives P1.16-B boost to NAIA-1 revivalUrgent structural works ensures safe, convenient travel
MANILA, Jan. 3 --President Benigno S. Aquino III has approved the allocation of P1.16 billion to boost the revival of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) as a world-class transport facility that will support the government’s bid to increase tourist arrivals in the country.
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the fund will be used by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) for urgent structural retrofitting and other rehabilitation work, as well as the construction of a rapid exit taxiway.
“If we are to revive NAIA-1, we must first address the structural integrity of the terminal for safety of travellers. That will provide a firm foundation for further improvement work to ensure efficient, convenient and comfortable travel,” he said, echoing earlier statements of DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas that structural improvements for NAIA-1 will be prioritized.
“The acceleration of the NAIA-1 rehabilitation, as well as the reconfiguration of the funding mix for the project, was due to the sense of urgency displayed by Secretary Roxas,” he added.
The Budget Chief said the P1.16 billion was sourced through a reallocation from the Public-Private Partnership Support Fund in the DOTC’s budget for 2011.
Of the total amount, P340 million will be used for urgent structural retrofit to improve the structural integrity of the NAIA-1 building, so that it will be compliant with the 2010 National Structural Code of the Philippines. According to DOTC, the NAIA-1 which was originally designed for 4.5 million passengers per year now services 7.3 million passengers annually.
Meanwhile, P500 million has been allocated for architectural, engineering and interior design and works to improve the airports internal facilities. This will not only mean the replacement of worn-out interiors but also the increase of immigration counters.
To address runway congestion, P300 million of the total fund will be used for the construction of a rapid exit taxiway. This does not only address travel delays but also enhances safety. Lastly, P20 million will be used for the complete rehabilitation of all 72 toilets in NAIA-1.(DBM)