The Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) urged the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) to immediately resolve the issues affecting the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) expansion project.
CCCI President Lito Maderazo also pressed the DOTC to award the project as soon as possible as Cebu needs the project “very badly,” especially that there’s going to be an Asia-Pacific Economic Conference next year.
“Although, this will not be finished by then, we need to show that there are major infrastructure developments as we are trying to attract more visitors to Cebu,” said Maderazo in a media interview.
In their own visit to the Capitol two weeks ago, the airport’s winning bidder, Filipino firm Megawide Construction Corp., presented the concept of their project to the governor.
Megawide and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure Ltd. consortium was the winning bidder of the P17.5 billion MCIA expansion project.
The firm wants to build a resort-like airport facility, reflective of Cebu’s strength in the tourism industry sector.
Aside from the airport, Maderazo said the traffic problems in the province should also be addressed. If travel time from the cities to the municipalities could be lessened, more tourists would be attracted to travel to the countryside.
Maderazo was in the Capitol on Wednesday, January 29 to brief Governor Hilario P. Davide III about the activities of the chamber come June when they celebrate the Cebu Business Month.
A major highlight of the activity is the tourism and investment promotion. He said they are inviting the participation of the Capitol together, with the private sector, to take the lead in inviting more investors to locate in the province.
Tourism and countryside development also happens to be one of the Governor’s priorities in his administration. Xerxes Alkuino