MANILA, Philippines - Officials from South Korea's Incheon International Airport have been asked to help resolve the conflict in negotiations between the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) and Japanese contractor Takenaka Corp. over the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 (NAIA 3).
Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas said the consultants from South Korea will help "reconcile the conflict on interpretation between MIAA and Takenaka."
"We expect that in two week's time, both parties would have resolved all conflict and would have identified how to complete the unfinished work at NAIA 3," he said.
The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) and Takenaka signed a memorandum of understanding in Tokyo, Japan last March. It was seen as the first legal step to the completion and full operations of NAIA 3, which has been running at below its maximum capacity since it opened in 2008.
Takenaka was the original contractor commissioned by Philippine International Air Terminals Co. to build NAIA 3 in 1998. However, construction was halted in 2002 over allegations of anomalies surfaced.
The MOU covers the delivery of 23 airport systems which are critical to NAIA 3's full operations by end of the year or early 2013.
The 23 airport systems include Baggage Handling and Reconciliation System, Flight Information Display System, Building Management System, Local Area Network, Fire Alarm and Protection System, and Passenger Loading Bridges.
"About 40 to 45% of the 23 systems were reconciled already. If both are able to reconcile all 23 systems by end of this month, then work will begin next month. Incheon people are helping us on this," Roxas said.
The government will pay for the cost in the installation and rehabilitation of the 23 systems, estimated at around $45 million, Roxas said.