The construction of the P735 billion Bulacan Airport has officially started, according to San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) President and CEO Ramon Ang.

However, Ang noted that these initial operations will be conducted outside the country.

In an interview with Inquirer, Ang shared that they’ve already awarded contracts to overseas manufacturers for the prefabrication of key components for the project.

Once this step is accomplished, the said parts will be shipped to the Philippines for assembly. Although work on the project is set to start, the official date of the plan’s groundbreaking in the country is yet to be announced.

At present, Ang revealed that they’re in the process of acquiring the necessary permits for the ambitious infrastructure project, which comes after SMC missed a groundbreaking target in the first quarter of 2021.

Despite the delay they experienced, Ang is still confident that they’ll be able to accomplish what they’ve promised to do.

“Our company is confident we can do everything we said we would do,” he said. “Big companies are suffering but we are okay,” Ang added.

The ‘airport city’ – as people call it – will be located in the province of Bulacan 35-kilometers away from Metro Manila. Once finished, the project is expected to decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which is currently the main entrance and exit point for air travelers to the Philippines.

The plan will be built in a 2,500-hectare coastal property and will include the construction of a passenger terminal building – to be complemented with airside and landside facilities as well as an airport toll road and railway.

Besides the airport, SMC has also invested in the creation of a 50-megawatt solar power plant in San Miguel, Bulacan. The new energy source called BulacanSol, officially started operations last month.

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