Sangley Point In Cavite could be the location of a new long-term international airport to replace Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), according to a recommendation made by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). In a statement, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said JICA formally recommended Sangley Airport in a presentation last June 13. Abaya said JICA will now start a feasibility study that may lead to the opening of a new main gateway in Sangley Point by 2025. “The DOTC, meanwhile, will still have to present the long-term gateway options to the President for approval, including the final location of Manila’s new gateway, as well as the fate of NAIA once a new airport is built,” he added. The country is pressed to find a new main gateway as NAIA already services 30 million passengers a year – just two million shy of its 32-million capacity.
Sangley Point is a former US Navy base in southwestern Cavite province, which is just 20 minutes away from Makati City.
Apart from the former naval base, JICA was earlier looking at an island in Laguna de Bay as a possible site for the new international gateway replacing NAIA, GMA News’ “State of the Nation” reported last March.
Both locations would be costly as they entail massive reclamation to build a new airport on a 2,000 hectare land, according to the Department of Transportation and Communications.
In a separate proposal, Ramon Ang, president and COO of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp., met with President Benigno Aquino III and presented a $10-billion proposal for a new gateway.
The proposed airport will be located in a 1,600-hectare property owned by Cyber Bay Corp., straddling the cities of Las Piñas and Parañaque along the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).
Ang co-chairs Cyber Bay, a company with interests in real estate development – except real estate subdivision – and reclamation.