SMC partners with international firms to build Bulacan airport

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 13) — San Miguel Corporation (SMC) teams up with several global firms to create a world-class airport.

In a statement Tuesday, the diversified conglomerate announced that it has partnered with Groupe ADPi, Meinhardt Group and Jacobs to design the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulacan. These international companies have also lent their hands in designing Singapore's Changi Airport, the US' Atlanta Airport, and France's Charles de Gaulle Airport.

The Department of Transportation's bids and awards committee is set to meet tomorrow for final deliberations on SMC's unsolicited proposal to build the new airport. The department is expected to award the project to SMC within the week.

"This is our biggest investment in a single project to date, one that will definitely impact the lives of millions of Filipinos and the country in general - all the more reason for us to push for greater sustainability and choose the best people to work with us," said SMC President and COO Ramon Ang in the statement.

LOOK: San Miguel gives a sneak peek into proposed Bulacan airport

The P734-billion airport project is meant to decongest traffic not only from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) but also from Metro Manila.

It will be built on a 2,500 hectare property in Bulakan, Bulacan, around 30 kilometers northeast of Metro Manila.

SMC is also set to help the people whose livelihood might be affected by the construction.

" We are in the process of identifying areas where together we can build a fishing community that will last for generations to come. We want Bulacan to eventually become the seafood capital of the Philippines where seafood is exported to other countries, and tourists come in droves to sample them--similar to what happened to Japan’s Tsukiji for so many years," Ang said, citing a popular fish market in Japan.

SMC expects the new airport to fuel trillions of dollars into the local economy annually.

"Bulacan’s local industries will not only survive, they will also grow. With a major international airport at their doorstep, fisherfolk, micro entrepreneurs, and local businesses will have a huge, ready market for their products, and even a means to ship them to other provinces or export them," Ang said.

In the interim, Ang said that fisherfolk would be given better homes in a relocation area, as well as fishing boats and equipment so they can re-establish their livelihood.