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Megawide pledges jobs to all NAIA employees if it bags rehab contract

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Megawide Construction Corp. said it intends to absorb all of the employees of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) once it gets the contract to rehabilitate the airport.

The listed construction company issued the statement late Tuesday to clarify recent reports that thousands of employees of NAIA may lose their jobs once it gets the rehabilitation project contract.

Megawide Chairman and Chief Executive officer Edgar B. Saavedra said the company will offer jobs to all of the employees who will be identified by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).

He said Megawide did the same process when it took over the operations of Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) in 2014.

“We actually made an offer to 100% of the employees listed by the MCIAA not only to adhere to government regulations but because we saw value in their talent and inherent knowledge of the airport,” Mr. Saavedra explained.

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Once it gets the contract, Megawide said it will send offers of employment to the “organic” employees of NAIA.

“We enthusiastically support President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s desire to deliver better infrastructure and we know in these days of economic uncertainty, infrastructure development is key towards economic recovery and providing jobs for our fellow Filipinos. We look forward to an opportunity to bring this to all NAIA stakeholders. We are hopeful this can be done not by tearing each other down but by coming together to support our proposal and Megawide, being the only Filipino company with real experience in world-class airport delivery in the country,” Mr. Saavedra also said.

On July 15, the Megawide-GMR Infrastructure Ltd. tandem was granted the original proponent status (OPS) for the development of NAIA, after the government revoked the OPS granted to the so-called super consortium of the country’s top conglomerates.

The proposal is now with the National Economic and Development Authority Board’s Investment Coordination Committee.

The tandem of Megawide and GMR submitted in March 2018 a $3-billion (approximately P148.43-billion) unsolicited proposal to rehabilitate NAIA over an 18-year period. It had tapped American company The Mitre Corp. as its technical partner for the project.

At that time, GMR-Megawide said they plan to increase NAIA’s capacity to 72 million annual passengers from its original 30.5 million by boosting the airfield capacity to 950-1,000 aircraft movements per day and expanding existing terminals to more than 700,000 square meters. — Arjay L. Balinbin

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