NAIA Terminal 1 rehab to be completed by end of September

Upgrades and rehabilitation works for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 is set to be fully completed by the end of this month, a transport official said on Tuesday. Speaking before reporters after inspecting the terminal, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that only minor tasks need to be done by contractor D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI).

During inspection, Abaya was accompanied by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Angel Honrado and NAIA Terminal 1 manager Dante Basanta.

By definition, a punch list is a list of minor tasks to be completed by a contractor at the end of a project. “By the end of the month, you wouldn’t be seeing any DMCI personnel (here) anymore,” Abaya said.

Abaya meanwhile said that much has been improved since his last inspection earlier this year. “I’ve been here a few months ago. We’ve seen further improvement. It’s much more transparent, brighter, spacious, and cleaner,” the DOTC chief said.

He meanwhile stressed that rehab work for the terminal was not done for the main purpose of the country hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. “We did not refurbish it just for APEC,” Abaya said, adding that rehab works were done for the Filipino people as well as tourists.

“This was not for APEC alone but APEC gets to benefit from it. I’s really (meant) to serve our people better,” he added.