Friday, April 20, 2012

NAIA 3 could be fully operational by 2012, says Noynoy

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Friday said that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal III (T3) could be fully operational by 2013.

Aquino said, at the 17th World Electronics Forum (WEF) at the Mactan Shangri-La Island Spa and Resort in Lapu-Lapu City, that the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last month with Japanese contractor Takenaka Corp. for the delivery of 23 airport systems at the terminal.

Repairs were yet to be done on the other half of the T3, where part of the building's ceiling collapsed in March 2007.

Legal issues were also raised on the NAIA 3 after the Supreme Court rescinds the contract between the Philippine government and the airport's contractors led by the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (Piatco).

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's then administration petitioned the Supreme Court to declare the contract led by the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (Piatco) as null and void for alleged irregularities. The Higher Court found Piatco and its foreign partner, German transport company Fraport AG, to have violated the Anti-Dummy Law, a law that prohibits foreigners from intervening in the management, operation, administration, or control of any nationalized activity.

Under the Anti-Dummy Law, a Philippine corporation involved in a national activity must have an outstanding capital where 60 percent is owned by Filipino citizens.

In the establishment of the NAIA-3, only 40-percent foreign equity is allowed, "the 60-percent being reserved by the Constitution to Filipino citizens."

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