Arroyo: ‘Have NAIA3 ready by yearend or else’

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
Last updated 02:42pm (Mla time) 07/19/2007

MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo gave a stern warning to the contractor of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3) to finish remedial work on the facility terminal and have it ready for use by yearend or face the consequences.


The government wants to tout the terminal as a showcase of the country’s improving infrastructure to further attract investors.


“I’m sure everybody wants to know about NAIA Terminal 3. You remember the ceiling that fell? The ceiling was not the only one in danger of falling. Intrusive inspection revealed that the airport cannot withstand [an] Intensity 6 earthquake,” Arroyo said in a speech at the Luzon urban beltway infrastructure conference at the Subic Bay International Airport in Zambales.


“The contractor took so long to start remedial work that government sent a termination notice,” she said. “Now it’s back, taking responsibility for the structural defects. We have pinned them down to complete the work by this year’s end or else.”


Arroyo also announced a priority administration measure, the creation of a Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines that will oversee the structural soundness of airports, several of which are being built around the country.


TCGI Engineers and the Ove Arup & Partners HK, the consultants hired by the Manila International Airport Authority to check the facility’s structural integrity following the collapse of a portion of the terminal’s ceiling last year, had recommended that more repairs be done to the facility because is findings showed it would not be able to withstand an Intensity 6 earthquake.


NAIA 3 was constructed by Japan’s Takenaka Corporation, which was contracted by the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (PIATCO).


The opening of the terminal has been postponed several times due to the structural defects and pending legal cases.


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