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Thursday, March 29, 2012

MVP EYES ON 3 AIRPORT PLANS!


Businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan said on Tuesday his group is very keen on pursuing projects via the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program, particularly three of the busiest airports in the country.

He cited Naia (Ninoy Aquino International Airport), Mactan International Airport and Clark International Airport.

“The country is in need of infra projects. I think it’s up to the government to decide which they should privatize first. There is no assurance that anybody can win it. I am not saying that we will win all three or one. It’s going to be a competitive bidding. There are only three airports that I can think of that are attractive for the moment. I could be wrong,” said Pangilinan.



He added that Puerto Princesa airport could also attract a good bid but his group, Pangilinan said, is “not interested at the moment.”

For other airports, Pangilinan said, “there should be a critical mass of tourists” before these are put on the auction block. “Then that’s the time to privatize.”

Pangilinan said there was a need for reliable commuter trains in heavily populated areas, such as from Manila to Tarlac.

“Why not use NorthRail because the alignment is there already. They should look at it, at least going to Nueva Ecija, Tarlac and up to Pangasinan because the NorthRail ends in Pampanga,” said Pangilinan. “We do need commuter trains because the beneficial effect is to decongest Metro Manila,” he added.

His group had also expressed its intention to bid for the Cavite extension of the Light Rail Transit Authority.
Source: business mirror
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