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San Miguel taps Singapore, Paris terminal builders for New Manila Airport

The proposed exterior design of the New Manila International Airport. Photo: San Miguel Corp

MANILA — San Miguel Corp said Tuesday it tapped the designers and builders of Singapore’s Changi and France’s Charles de Gaulle for its proposed New Manila International Airport in Bulacan.

San Miguel said it engaged Groupe ADPi, Meinhardt Group and Jacobs for the P734-billion project, which recently hurdled a “Swiss challenge” for unsolicited proposals due to a lack of rival bids.

The design envisions a “future-ready airport focusing on overall passenger experience and sustainable technologies,” the company said.

“This is our biggest investment in a single project to date, one that will definitely impact the lives of millions of Filipinos and the country in general – all the more reason for us to push for greater sustainability and choose the best people to work with us,” SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang said.

Fishermen who will be affected by the airport construction will be relocated with new boats to reestablish their livelihood, Ang was quoted in the statement.

“This project’s success is anchored on helping support the local fishing industry. We are in the process of identifying areas where together we can build a fishing community that will last for generations to come. We want Bulacan to eventually become the seafood capital of the Philippines where seafood is exported to other countries, and tourists come in droves to sample them–similar to what happened to Japan’s Tsukiji for so many years,” Ang said.

SMC said it hopes to be able to set the stage for a meaningful and productive engagement soon as it gets final approval from the government.

Ang reiterated that this project would “provide more and better livelihood opportunities, not to take them away; ensure environmental balance and enhance resilience against calamities, because it’s the right thing to do.

He added that soon as SMC gets final approval from the government, it would officially start meaningful and productive engagement with all concerned stakeholders, especially the affected communities.

The terminal will have 4 runways, expandable up to 6, with a capacity of 100 million passengers every year, San Miguel said in a statement.

The new airport is expected to bring “trillions of dollars” in economic activity, 35 million tourists annually as well 30 million tourism-related jobs for people in Bulacan and nearby provinces, the company said.

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