REGARDLESS of which firm will be chosen to carry out the multibillion-peso management and expansion of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA), public interest and local culture should be the priority in implementing it, a neophyte senator said.
Sen. Grace Poe said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) must see to it that the chosen consortium would be open to working with local architects or designers to make sure that the design of the airport will make Cebuanos and the entire country really proud.
“Our airports provide the international community the first crucial glimpse of our country and strongly mirror our progress,” Poe pointed out.
During the Senate committee on public services hearing on the MCIA expansion project, Poe asked DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya if it were still possible for changes to be made in the MCIA design submitted by the contractors.
Abaya said the bids and awards committee (BAC) has required all bidders to submit their respective conceptual design that incorporates the Filipino taste.
“That was very specific requirement of the BAC. In fact a P1-million fund has been required to ensure that that requirement of the BAC is complied with,” he told the senator.
Abaya added that engineering was subject to the approval of the DOTC, which can intervene and require the participating designers to incorporate their ideas in the design.
Louie Ferrer, chief marketing officer of Megawide, told Poe that they have spoken with local architects and designers and even with Kenneth Cobonpue and they expressed interest in the project. Cobonpue is a multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu.