PNoy okays P1.16B budget for NAIA-1 facelift

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 02 2012 02:26 PM | Updated as of Jan 03 2012 03:15 PM

P20 million for rehabilitation of 72 toilets

MANILA, Philippines - The aging Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) will finally get a long-overdue facelift this year. President Aquino has approved a P1.16 billion budget for the "revival" of the NAIA-1 as a world-class facility.

Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the fund will be given to the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) for future retrofitting and construction of a rapid exit taxiway, as well as the rehabilitation of the NAIA-1's 72 toilets.

"If we are to revive NAIA-1, we must first address the structural integrity of the terminal for safety of travellers. That will provide a firm foundation for further improvement work to ensure efficient, convenient and comfortable travel," Abad said, in a statement released on Monday.

The 30-year-old NAIA-1 was named the world’s worst airport due to poor facilities, bribery and security concerns, according to a website.

Of the P1.16 billion, P340 million will be used for urgent structural retrofit to improve the structural integrity of the NAIA-1 building. This will make the building compliant with the 2010 National Structural Code of the Philippines.

The NAIA-1 was originally designed to handle only 4.5 million passengers a year, but now services 7.3 million passengers annually.

Another P500 million was allocated for architectural, engineering and interior design and works to improve the NAIA-1's facilities. This includes an increase in the number of immigration counters.

The NAIA-1's runway congestion problem will be addressed by the construction of a rapid exit taxiway. Some P300 million was allocated for the new taxiway.

Some P20 million was also allocated to rehabilitate all 72 toilets at the NAIA-1.

Abad said the P1.16 billion fund for NAIA-1's makeover was taken from a reallocation from the Public-Private Partnership Support Fund under the DOTC's 2011 budget.