Monday, April 9, 2012

Second Terminal for Mactan-Cebu Airport

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) can build a
second passenger terminal that will cost US$ 155 million to improve
its services, according to the Department of Transportation and
Communication (DOTC).

MCIAA general manager Nigel Paul Villarete has presented the proposal
to members of the infrastructure development committee (IDC) of the
Regional Development Council (RDC) 7.

But Villarete said the new terminal does not have the endorsement of
the Lapu-Lapu City Government, as Mayor Paz Radaza wants to study the

As for solving the traffic problems in Cebu City, DOTC Secretary
Manuel "Mar" Roxas II informed Mayor Michael Rama, the RDC
chairperson, that Cebu City can implement a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT)
system, that will cost US$ 195 million for the first phase.

"The DOTC has received many complaints and requests for action from
various stakeholders regarding two major transportation systems in
Central Visayas, particularly Cebu Province and Cebu City," read
Roxas's letter to Rama.

Rene Limcaoco, DOTC undersecretary for planning, also wrote Rama, in
the latter's capacity as mayor and chairperson of the Cebu City
Development Council, to endorse the BRT project.

The project was endorsed last March 16.

Villarete said the leading suggestion for the name of the Cebu City
BRT is "Cebus," a portmanteau of "Cebu" and "bus".

Villarete was the original point person for the Cebu City BRT before
he became airport manager.

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