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NAIA-1 gets P1-billion face-lift

By Recto Mercene, BusinessMirror
Posted at 11/07/2011 7:16 AM | Updated as of 11/07/2011 1:14 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A newly refurbished Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 will rise from the shell of the old, much-maligned main gateway, but still would not provide free sleeping quarters for vagrants and those on a tight budget. The repairs will cost P1 billion.

According to Terminal 1 Manager Dante Basanta, the NAIA-1 had a “dayroom” decades ago, rented at P840 per day ($20) and located near the arrival area, just beside the duty-free shops.
(The “dayroom” is still there, available for those who may want to use it, although it’s not being properly advertised by airport authorities. Most of the time, however, the area is used as a holding room for those scheduled for deportation and who are awaiting their flights.)

The face-lift of NAIA-1 will start in January and is expected to be finished within 2012. The 67,000-square-meter building has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers a year. Last year it served way beyond its capacity—or some 7.3 million people.

The tight space and limited amenities have irked some bloggers who, unable to find sleeping quarters at NAIA-1, graded it the worst in the world.
NAIA-1 was recently voted as the “World’s Worst Airport to Sleep In” by the “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports,” a web site of  low-budget travelers who used the airport as overnight motels to save on money.

But Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) General Manager Jose Angel Honrado said this is not why the passenger terminal is being spruced up; the undertaking had been discussed by various administrations in the past.

Honrado said the firm of Leandro V. Locsin and Associates, the original architect of NAIA-1, is helping conceptualize ideas about how the newly rebuilt structure would look.
Also part of the project are furniture and interior designer Budji Layug, architect Royal Pineda and Cebuano designer Kenneth Cobonpue, who are providing their expertise pro bono to give the NAIA-1 a major face-lift, 30 years after it was constructed. The original design was by National Artist for Architecture Leandro V. Locsin.

NAIA Terminal 1

Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II is spearheading the NAIA-1 restoration. He held consultations last week with top officials of the customs, immigration and quarantine bureaus, as well as the Miaa.

Customs Commissioner Rozanno Rufino Biazon, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr., Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. and Honrado attended the meeting.

The interior renovation will cost P450 million, while the park development will fetch P500 million.
“The proposed P1-billion budget will help build a new image of the Philippines,” according to Pineda, who said in a recent interview that Naia 1, like all modern airports, would provide a “boutique” experience, “not so much for its modest size as for its distinct atmosphere of civility and expedience.”

To expedite the flow of arriving and departing passengers, concessionaires such as banks and insurance companies that are now located smack in the middle of the arrival and departure zones would be moved to the sides.
“Flow takes precedence. The proposed master plan includes freeing up the space to accommodate more passengers by transferring the offices and banks elsewhere,” Pineda said.

The arrival area, which had been expanded recently, will be surrounded by glass so that passengers could see all the way to the lobby and beyond, according to Honrado. He also said the wall that separates the customs from the luggage section would have to give way so that natural light from the outside would illuminate the area.
There are also plans to make the waiting lounge more pleasant and to add restrooms, Honrado said.

The proposal calls for refurbishing the facilities, decongesting, developing a park and enhancing the retail environment. It also calls for NAIA to work equally hard on the software, and the services.

Honrado said the National Competitiveness Council Program (NCCP) asked Layug, Pineda and Cobonpue to offer their own suggestions on the face-lift as part of a program to improve the country’s image. The NCCP was established by Presidential Executive Order 571, which seeks to improve the country’s competitiveness from the bottom third of competitiveness rankings to the top third by 2016.

According to the three designers, the airport and Roxas Boulevard need the most attention since they provide the visitor his or her initial impression of the country.

Pineda said the renovation of NAIA-1’s structure would  be limited; it can no longer be expanded; nor can it accommodate extra load, he said in their web site. “We will create a boutique airport. With a small terminal, we can show efficiency and hospitality.”

Pineda said function would be the main priority. “It’s not just about adding toilets and rectifying the look, but also verifying the structural integrity of the building,” he said.

The team also recommended improvements in the operations, such as incorporating the terminal fee in the ticket instead of letting people line up. Only those with exit clearances, exempting them from travel tax and terminal fees, should queue in the counters. “Let majority of the passengers enjoy the smooth flow in the airport,” Pineda was quoted as having said.

Taking into consideration the Filipino culture of hatid-sundo, Honrado said the designers have addressed the need for an arrival extension for families and friends sending off or welcoming the passengers.

Honrado said the design team had proposed that the concrete open-parking lot in Terminal 1 be transformed into a three-story parking space and a lush landscape lined with select food outlets. The proposed park will showcase not only the best of Filipino dining brands but also changing art exhibits. A canopied walkway will lead to the greeters and well-wishers’ lounge.

Welcome parties can wait in the restaurants and enjoy the garden so that the lots can also become income-generating spaces.

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problems: 1. onli in da pilipins that they charge monstrous amount of terminal fee yet the services are poor! 2. the problem is not just with the airport but also the tarmac, the runway of manila isn’t suited for multiple landing and take off that is also the main reason why the plane to and from manila is often late, the old runway is small and the two cannot be connected. 3. wider and longer runway must also be constructed. 4. the system must be upgraded, in hongkong (correct me if im mistaken) they have a smaller tarmac yet they… Read more »

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draide

How about just building a new airport in Bay City (the reclamation area where SM Mall of Asia is located) instead? I guess it can fit two runways.

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a small airport is doable as long as it is efficient. i don’t think it’s a good idea to move it to clark. too far. plus i like the idea of having a boutique airport. sounds classy! i hope the implementation would be pretty good

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Won’t it make more sense to shut it down and develop Clark?  I don’t understand why people insist on having the main international airport inside Manila when it’s horrible to get to because of the traffic, floods and all sorts of inconveniences associated with a congested city.  Clark is expansive and spacious and with NLEX and the proposed NorthRail train network, it would be a much better long-term solution to our disgraceful airport problem.  Diva? [Reply]CVS Reply:November 9th, 2011 at 1:33 PMClark is too far. Kahit Sta. Rosa Laguna na lang. What you think? [Reply]Vhanya Reply:November 9th, 2011 at 6:44… Read more »

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Vhanya

this will work if they put up a railway like that of HK. if you visit asian countries, yung airport talaga nila nasa malayo na. iwas traffic at mahal ang toll so konti na lang maghahatid-sundo na pamilya lols!

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Not to burst everyone’s bubble, but there’s already some controversy about this. Apparently, the Cobonpue/Layug/Pineda trio have NOT been informed that they will be involved in the project, or that their design will be used. @DaphneOP:disqus  blogged about it here: http://daphne.ph/naia-news
 
Haaaaaaaay. Ano ba ‘yan. Such discouraging news so early into the project. Hindi pa nga nagsisimula, may gulo na.

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Anonymous

After this so-called P1 billion face-lift…will they increase the terminal fee? Freakin hell, I think only Pnas airports collect this fee!

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Tricia

Finally!!! 🙂 It was the first time last week that I got out of the country “shorter” than expected BUT going back, was THE LONGEST and MOST IRRITATING experience. Getting the luggage was also so embarrasing because I heard a lot of foreigners complain PLUS some kababayans who do not know the meaning of “FALL IN LINE”. sheesh. 

Excited to have a decent airport soon. Let’s start with that. 🙂 

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Buti naman. Ilang beses na kasing nakasama sa list of “Worse Airports in the World” ang NAIA eh. To think na ipinangalan pa sa bayani ng bayan at tatay ng current president 🙁

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OMG! I dunno why but my elation was doubled when i read “… improvements in the operations, such as incorporating the terminal fee in the ticket…”.  I hope we’ll see these improvements soon.

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I’m glad that they finally came to their senses but I’m not sure Php 1 Billion pesos is enough to fix everything… but that’s just me.

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CVS Reply:

i was thinking the same thing 🙂
i can’t wait to see the difference

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jemriz

Ay salamat po!! sana magkatotoo na!!cant wait!

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Romila Marie Santos

Finally! Nakinig din sayo Ms C :p

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Anonymous

“Transportation and Communications Secretary Manuel Roxas II is spearheading the NAIA-1 restoration.”

What a pet project for a… er, pet political partner. Sa ikauunlad ng bayan… bromance ang kailangan!But wow. I’m so excited. Sana the KLM issue (Amsterdam-Manila direct flights) is the next to be resolved.

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Ms C., you are one of those who made this possible 🙂

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Ms C, you are one of those who made this possible…. let’s hope that it will really push thru

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A boutique airport? Why, this is new. Can’t wait to see the airport’s outcome! (: I can’t wait to see the Luneta Hotel too. 

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Next mission:
Replace The old, cranky  and greedy buzzards hovering around the place  with young, dynamic, knowledgeable staff.

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CVS Reply:

they started to do that na din

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Wow naman! Galing! Good thing you really rallied for that campaign as well, Ms. C!
Now our airport won’t be dubbed as “the worst” hehe. Hello tourists once more!

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Ms. C., you made me so happy with your writing today. Bloggers like you and the rest who love this country so much can really make a change. 

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Riza Dela Rosa

Oh dear God, thank you! 

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I heard about this news from hubby. Yey, finally!

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YES!!! Excited for this, please prettify NAIA pretty please.

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