After receiving a request from AirAsia Group owner Tony Fernandes to expand NAIA Terminal 4, the Department of Transportation and Communication will start delving into the proposal. DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that they are still studying whether the project will be done by the government of via a public-private partnership.
The LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension Project will be awarded to the winning bidder by June 2014. This is what the Department of Transportation and Communication certified recently. The winning bidder must complete and start to operate the Php 64.9 billion project within 54 months after signing date or by December 2018. Entities that would like to submit their bids have until April 28 to do such.
To decongest traffic in Metro Manila, the Department of Transportation and Communication is putting up two commuter rail projects for bidding. DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said that the Integrated Luzon Railway and the North South Commuter Railway is still subject to clearance by the National Economic and Development Authority.
Manila North Tollways Corporation, operator of the North Luzon Expressway, is expecting an approval for the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road project within the first quarter of 2014. MNTC has once again partnered with the government-owned Philippine National Construction Corporation. PNCC will get a six percent share of gross revenues and will retain a 2.5 percent equity.
Tiger Airways confirmed that their Philippine unit, Tigerair Philippines, will be sold totally to Cebu Pacific. According to a disclosure by the Singapore Stock Exchange, Cebu Air Incorporated will acquire 100 percent of Tigerair Philippines including Tiger Airways’ stake of 40 percent. The amount of the sale is pegged at $15 million. Likewise, Cebu Pacific has filed to the Civil Aeronautics Board the necessary requirements to finalize the merger and the review is expected to be completed in two weeks.
By virtue of Memorandum Circular, 52-13, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has allowed the use of transmittable electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops during Philippine commercial aircraft flights. However, this does not mean that passengers can use their gadgets loosely. While usage is allowed in-flight, the CAAP provides certain restrictions.
The world has changed so much that offices that we used to know are being dissolved. The Internet makes it possible to pool people from different parts of the world to form a cohesive company. From cubicles to buildings, business can now be done in living rooms and restaurants. While this brings convenience, it also has a downside: anyone that can do such skill can proclaim themselves as an expert.