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Megawide bares resort-like airport facility

| by: Xerxes Alkuino

IMG_6695Filipino firm Megawide Construction Corp. and Bangalore-based GMR Infrastructure Ltd. bared plans to build a first ever resort-like airport facility in the country.

The Megawide-GMR consortium won the bidding on the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) expansion project.

Megawide Chief Marketing Officer Louie Ferrer, in a courtesy call on Tuesday (January 14) at the Capitol, presented to Governor Hilario P. Davide III the concept of the project. He said they want to showcase Cebu’s identity to tourists even at first glance and at the moment they leave.

“Why a resort? It’s because Cebu is positioned as a tourism place. In fact, some of the foreigners think the whole of Philippines is Cebu, that is fun, a vacation and resort place. We want to capture that concept,” he said.

He added that the physical plan of the project was already submitted to DOTC. But interior spaces were kept empty as they plan to tap the services of local interior designers to help them out.

The project consists of the construction of a new generation terminal and renovation of the current one. Already identified as the second busiest aviation field in the country, the expansion of the MCIA is made to cater eight (8) million passengers annually.

However, the awarding of the contract was suspended as the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) looked into the allegations made by a losing bidder, Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC).

FDC unlocked several issues that clouded on GMR’s ability to construct a world-class airport, which included the botched Nasir International Airport project in Maldives.

Despite what happened, Megawide Chief Marketing Officer Louie Ferrer said they did not lose faith on the Philippine Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) and DOTC.

He said they have already submitted the necessary requirements that they were asked to submit by PBAC.

Ferrer said out of the five (5) public-private partnership (PPP) projects they entered into with the government, this is the first time that they encountered problems.

He even retorted GMR’s airports Delhi International Aiport Ltd. and GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. in India graded as two of the best airports in the world based on the rankings made by the Airport Council International. Xerxes Alkuino