DOTr chief: SMC's Bulacan Airport project to break ground in two months

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18)— San Miguel Corporation's Bulacan Airport project will finally break ground in "45 to 60 days," according to Transportation Secretary Art Tugade.

In a press conference on Friday, the DOTr chief said San Miguel has been quietly working on the ₱740-billion project, which will serve as the country's newest gateway.

Tugade also credited SMC President and CEO Ramon Ang for his efforts to make the ambitious project work amid the threat of COVID-19, among many challenges.

"Siya ho ay tahimik na nagki-clearing. Siya ho ay tahimik na nagde-dredging. Siya ho ay tahimik na nag-moving out at tahimik na nag-cut at kumukuha ng right of way," Tugade said during the press conference on the Build Build Build infrastructure program progress report.

[Translation: He is quietly clearing, dredging, moving out, and securing the right of way.]

The New Manila International Airport (NMIA) aims to decongest the country's global air hubs such as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Parañaque City.

The new airport is also seen to serve a hundred million travelers yearly with its four runways, eight taxiways, and three passenger terminals.

The world-class airport is set to become operational by 2025.