Megawide Corp. loses original proponent status for NAIA rehab

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Megawide Construction Corporation on Tuesday announced it has been stripped off the right to upgrade the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, forcing another delay to its rehabilitation. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) — Megawide Construction Corporation on Tuesday announced it has been stripped off the right to upgrade the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, forcing another delay to its rehabilitation.

The company behind the Clark and Mactan-Cebu international airports said Manila authorities revoked the original proponent status of its P109-billion proposal with GMR Infrastructure. It said it will appeal the decision.

"At all stages, Megawide has complied with all requirements and interpretations of the government for its unsolicited proposal," said Megawide in a statement. "There are no justifiable grounds to deny the Filipino people a transformed NAIA."

An original proponent status gives a company the right to match other groups' offers and win the project under a Swiss challenge, a bidding process that allows rivals to submit competing offers.

In July, Megawide replaced NAIA Consortium after the government turned down the latter's pitch even after revisions. The consortium has been in talks with the government since the airport rehabilitation was brought up in 2018. Megawide said it also submitted a proposal as early as then. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade initially said they were modelling the upgrade of NAIA, which has grown congested prior to the pandemic, after the Clark International Airport.