• P3 billion for Clark budget terminal

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    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has injected P3 billion in its 2014 budget to start construction of the 45,000-square meter budget terminal at Clark in Pampanga.

    “That’s the plan [45,000 square meters for budget terminal]. Well, its in our budget right now, we still have to do a quick feasibility study that Clark will do, that’s CIAC [Clark International Airport Corp.],” said Jaime Raphael Feliciano, DOTC assistant secretary for Planning and Project Development.

    The official also said that, “Construction cost, well what I can tell you kasi wala pa iyong [because we don’t have the]feasibility study, what I can tell you is that we inserted a little more than P3 billion in our budget 2014, but that has yet to approved by Congress obviously.”

    According to the official, the project also has to be approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and that it has to go through the entire process.

    However, there are a lot of feasibility studies on Clark, and it’s just a matter of updating them, he added.

    CIAC has plans to build a budget terminal in Clark to serve the rising number of passengers and airlines operating in the northern part of the country. The terminal would be undertaken through the Aquino administration’s Public-Private Partnership Program (PPP).

    Rosalie C. Periabras

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