Aquino expects NAIA 3 negotiations completed by November to restart works

November 1, 2012 12:37 am 

MANILA, Oct. 31 — President Benigno S. Aquino III hopes that the ongoing negotiations between the government and Takenaka Corp. could be concluded this November to make the Ninoy Aquino Terminal International Airport Terminal 3 fully operational.

The President visited the NAIA 3 Wednesday to see to it that the facility serves the people well as they go to the provinces this All Saints Day.

But he acknowledged NAIA 3’s limitations because the facility isn’t 100 percent operational. For instance the air-conditioning units were just partially completed, he said.

“Hopefully matatapos natin itong Nobyembre 'ang ibang mga negosasyon para matapos na nga buong-buo 'ang building na 'yan,” he told reporters in an interview during his NAIA 3 visit.

The government opted to negotiate with Takenaka Corp., the original contractor of the project, to immediately finish all the works and make it 100-percent operational.

“Ang haba 'ng negotiations na dinaanan… imbes na nagdemandahan tayo, aabot ng pagputi ng uwak bago matapos, dito nagkaroon ng negotiations para nga magamit natin nang buo at kumpletong-kumpleto ‘ang NAIA-3,” the President said.

“Twenty-three systems ang incomplete—siguro roughly mga kalahati lang ‘ang natapos ‘nung iniwan sa ating mga kamay at hindi naman ura-urada pwede ng ipagawa kung hindi natapos lahat itong mga negosasyong ito.”

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Takenaka Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding in Japan last March.

The move was seen as the first legal step to complete NAIA 3, which has been operating below its maximum capacity since it opened four years ago.

The Philippine International Air Terminals Co. contracted Takenaka to build NAIA 3 in 1998 but works stopped in 2002 over allegations of anomalies.

Under the MOU, Takenaka will complete the 23 airport systems critical to NAIA 3's full operations by the end of the year or early 2013.

These systems include fire alarm and protection system, flight information display system, building management system, local area network, baggage handling and reconciliation system and passenger loading bridges.

The government is expected to spend 45 million dollars for the installation and rehabilitation of the 23 systems at the NAIA 3, according to the DOTC. (PNA)

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