DOT hopes Davao airport bid is awarded as scheduled

December 21, 2015 12:41 pm 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Dec. 20 (PNA) — With efforts to fast-track the bidding process for the Bangoy International Airport (BIA) in Davao City in place, a Department of Tourism (DOT) official has said he is hopeful the airport project will be awarded as scheduled early next year.

DOT Assistant Secretary Art Boncato told reporters that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has assured that the expansion of the airport "is in the pipeline."

The DOTC announced earlier that the opening of bids is scheduled in January 2016 while contracts will be awarded the following month.

“The DOTC has opened the bidding process for the contractor that would do it and this would bring Davao airport to where the new airports are right now,” the DOT official said.

Boncato further said that bidding for the contractor to expand the BIA, also known as the Davao International Airport (DIA), is going to happen within the year if not early next year.

“Ideally, we would have chosen the one who is going to do it before the 2016 elections,” Boncato said. “If the bid is going to be in December — and we pray there is no failure in the bidding process — then we would have moved forward with the group that would come in.”

“The general idea is to expand the airport to have one or two bridges, carousels and fix the air-conditioning units,” he added.

He also said that this expansion will help establish a stronger brand for the Davao region, especially with the recent launch of direct flights between Davao and Singapore via low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific.

Better procurement system

In a separate interview, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Area 11 Manager Efren Nieves Nagrama said that the procurement system needs to be improved to speed up the process.

“We are really trying to fast-track. It’s hard to proceed without following process,” Nagrama said. “We need to improve the procurement system. We cannot just procure branches that do not follow the law.”

Nagrama further said that the three goals the BIA/DIA is for it to achieve certification, maintain airport safety and security, and restore and maintain facilities for the convenience of the public.

On Dec. 17, Nagrama revealed that CAAP declared the BIA/DIA as the first CAAP-managed airport to be certified as an aerodrome and the third airport in the country after the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport that is compliant in international standards when it comes to safety.

Being certified as an aerodrome means that the airport has passed international standards as certified by the CAAP Aerodrome Development and Management Service (ADMS), Nagrama said.

The BIA/DIA is one of the two bundles for the contracts for the development and operations and maintenance (O&M) of five regional airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) Center.

DOTC said that the first bundle consists of the Bacolod-Silay Airport and Iloilo Airport, while the second is composed of the BIA/DIA, Laguindingan Airport and New Bohol Airport.

The winning concessionaires for each bundle will handle the O&M of the airports for 30 years. (PNA)

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