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Cavite Cancels China-Backed Airport Deal

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Cavite province has canceled the construction award granted to the Chinese-Filipino venture vying to build the much-awaited Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA). According to Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla, the parties involved, namely China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. and Lucio Tan’s MacroAsia Corp. (CCCC-MC), failed to comply with the requirements set by the Cavite Provincial Government Special Selection Committee.

The “deficiencies of the submission of requirements” ultimately led to the cancellation of the award Cavite granted CCCC-MC in early 2020. It was not disclosed as to what requirements CCCC-MC failed to submit.

While the award has been canceled, Remulla noted that this does not cancel negotiations or the planned redevelopment of the former airbase. It also does not bar CCCC-MC from participating in the next round of negotiations, but it does open the project to other parties and bids who wish to participate in constructing the new airport.

The SPIA project will now “restart and hopefully have a successful negotiation with any qualified partner by October, 2021,” said Remulla.

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The upcoming Cavite airport aims to decongest the Manila International Airport alongside its northern counterpart, Bulacan International Airport. The entire project is expected to cost a little over P500 billion. The SPIA aims to have a capacity of 130 million passengers per year by the time it’s fully completed, but its initial phase will cover around 25 million passengers per year.

“I still believe that a new international airport is important for the country in the long run and it must be stressed that cancellation is not in prejudice of anyone applying again,” stressed Remulla.

The CCCC came under fire last year after it was blacklisted by the U.S. government for constructing militarized artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea.

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