DOTC invites bids for Bicol, Mindanao airports

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 21 2012 03:18 PM | Updated as of Sep 21 2012 11:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is soliciting bids for two airport projects, which have a a combined cost of P1.1 billion. 

The DOTC published on Friday an invitation to bid for the Bicol International and Central Mindanao Airports. 

The construction of the new Bicol International Airport, which is estimated to cost P963.2 million, will help solve the limitations of the present airport in Legazpi. 

The DOTC noted Legazpi Airport recorded a total of 198 cancelled and 104 delayed flights in 2011 due to the airport's microclimate. The microclimate is attributed to the mountains near the airport, which produce thick fog. 

The new Bicol International Airport project will initially involve airside development, such as continuation of runway strip construction, concrete paving of runway, construction of taxiway, rigid pavement, and other peripheral works.

A separate bidding will be held for the construction of the passenger terminal building and other landside components.  

Another P154.5 million is alloted for the development of the Central Mindanao airport in M’lang, Cotabato. The airport is intended to operate as a feeder airport to the air terminals located in the coasts of Mindanao, namely the Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and the General Santos Airports.

Once it begins operations, the airport is expected to serve 3.5 million people in Mindanao. 

Interested bidders may purchase the separate bid documents for these projects starting today until October 22.