First tranche of P2.8-B DOTr funds issued to Clark airport

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has released the first tranche of the P2.8-billion funds to the state-run Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), setting off the first salvo for the implementation of Clark airport’s new terminal building project.

The CIAC management confirmed the transfer to CIAC of the first tranche amounting to P6.6 million from the P2,893,080,000 project fund from DOTr for the hiring of four consultants through negotiated procurement.

The pre-construction activity funds have been released to CIAC for the procurement of consulting services for the detailed engineering and design, and construction management services for the new terminal building of the Clark International Airport (CRK).

The DOTr was appropriated with P800 million and P2.09 billion in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2015 and 2016, respectively, for the CRK project’s first phase this year.

Earlier, the DOTr and CIAC entered into a memorandum of agreement for the downloading of said funds for three horizontal civil works projects which are components of the Clark airport project.

CIAC said the process of bid and award of contract, except for unforeseen obstacles, may be completed by the third quarter of this year.

The construction of a new Clark airport terminal―the first of four design phases―for domestic and international travelers with an 8-million-passenger capacity is included in CIAC’s Master Development Plan and will be finished before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte ends, Cauguiran said. This is part of the Duterte administration’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure development thrust in the next five-and-a-half years.