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Palace: Structural repairs the priority at Naia 1


Form before beauty.

Malacañang on Saturday defended the Department of Transportation and Communications’ decision to shelve the plans prepared by a world-famous furniture designer and two others for the makeover of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 1.

President Aquino’s deputy spokesperson, Abigail Valte, said the government’s priority in the facelift of Naia Terminal 1 was its structural needs more than “aesthetics.”

“At this point, we are concentrating on the structural (aspect), on the electrical and engineering works. Aesthetics will come later—the beautification, painting, arrangement of posts and furniture there,” she said.

Furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue, interior designer Budji Layug and architect Royal Pineda earlier reportedly complained after the DOTC disregarded the plan they had prepared for the beautification of Naia Terminal 1 which has been described as the worst airport in the world  in an online survey conducted by  “The Guide to Sleeping in Airports.”

The ranking was based on reviews by travelers who complained, among other things, of “safety concerns, lack of comfortable seating, rude staff, hostile security, poor facilities, no (or few) services to pass the time, bribery, being kicked out and general hassles of being in the airport.”

The adverse report prompted the government to immediately clean the terminal’s toilets and provide water, toilet paper and soap.

Mr. Aquino has already approved a P1-billion rehabilitation plan for the terminal.

Transport Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II had said the bulk of the rehabilitation budget amounting to P500 million would go to aesthetics and the interior design of the terminal.

The government then contracted Cobonpue, Layug and Pineda to come up with a new design for the terminal.

But instead of adopting the proposal of the three designers, Roxas tapped the services of the original architects of the airport—Leandro Locsin and Associates—since they had the original blueprints and designs.

Valte recalled that Roxas had earlier “extended his gratitude” to the three “for the work they had done.”

“However, the focus of our rehabilitation now is the structural, engineering and electrical works,” she said, quoting Roxas who had discussed the issue in a briefing with Malacañang reporters.

“They are concentrating on maximizing the functionality of the airport because we all know that it’s already 30 years old. It was designed to accommodate, I think, around 4.3 million passengers. Now it’s accommodating more than double that figure.”

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Tags: architect Royal Pineda , furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue , interior designer Budji Layug , Leandro Locsin and Associates , Ninoy Aquino International Airport’s Terminal 1 makeover , Presidential deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte , Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas

  • Anonymous

    People understand that the government need to upgrade the terminal facility to enhance functionality and efficiency in both the arrival and departure areas including the parking requirement. 

    When they are done with this, effort shall be made to improve the overall image, the aesthetics and cosmetics associated with the upgrade.

    When these are accomplished, everyone shall be happier knowing we no longer are “the worst airport in the entire world”.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_56ACKPMTKCOR7MEUYCMIL5TGYU fav


      • Guest

        NOTHING !!! the BI officers are expected to continue with their merry,rude and thieving ways. RUBBISH sooooooo RUBBISH !!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Valte: “At this point, we are concentrating on the structural (aspect), on the electrical and engineering works.”
     “Mar” Roxas II : “…said the bulk of the rehabilitation budget amounting to P500 million would go to aesthetics and the interior design of the terminal.”Valte:  ”Aesthetics will come later…”

    OK: who is not telling the truth, Roxas or Valte?

    Amateurs… Blue Ribbon Committee can you find the truth?  Not in 6 years, but now?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HE5IJ7EL2RK7OHAZM2MQM7KESA Don

    who ever gets awarded with the contract must come up with design that considers putting a train stations on all 3 terminal connected to both makati,bonifacio,manila and roxas boulevard and the North express train going to DMIA. We need an effective transport and train system to and from our country’s gateway. There should also be a bus terminal (governemnt owned please) connecting the airport to the South and DMIA for those who are making a transit to DMIA and for those tourist wanting to got to southern Luzon. This is utmost important, aesthetic comes second but should not also be the last priority. The airport is our windows to the world and the airport will be the first to give impression of what Philippines can offer. We need to make a better impression so that 1st time tourist would return to visit us again. Mr. Roxas should visit Singapore changi airport,hongkong airport, and Seoul Airport to know what an International airport should look like.

    • Guest

      it’s a dream but doable

      • Anonymous

        ‘ it’s a dream but doable ‘ // No it is not a dream and not only doable but a “must do”. First impression is a lasting impression. The NAIA is the first and last experience by a visitor to the Philippines. If that experience is unsatisfactory, the Philippine tourism industry will not progress and can be considered a failure. This airport must be completely overhauled, structurally and especially its personnel. If the malls and large stores can train their personnel to render service to customers courteously and with a smile, why not the airport? :))

  • Anonymous

    “reviews by travelers who complained, among other things, of “safety concerns, lack of comfortable seating, rude staff, hostile security, poor facilities, no (or few) services to pass the time, bribery, being kicked out and general hassles of being in the airport.”

    kailangan isabay sa structural repairs ang pag sasaayos ng lahat ng complains sa itaas.

    ang ilan dito ay re-orientation lang ng mga ugali ng airport personnels. kung ayaw magbago ay tangalin. (maraming naghahanap ngayon ng trabaho na may magandang ugali sa pagtupad ng tungkulin.)

  • Anonymous

    kapag sinabing structural repair ito ay karagdagan o bagong structure na magpapatibay o magpapalit sa luma.  nawa’y sana magkaroon tayo ng mas respetadong NAIA 1.  Pangalan pa naman ng kaniyang tatay ang nakasalalay diyan.

  • Anonymous

    It is a common practice in the field of architecture to get invited to submit proposals or join in competitions. Architects whose reputation far exceeds the three amateurs now complaining, do this without feeling sorry for themselves if they don’t get selected. I cannot understand the noise those 3 are making through the media.  They also used the media to preempt the selection process by using the media to publicize their presentation thinking it is a popularity contest. The laymen could easily  be impressed by the fancy presentation but those who really understand the profession and the existing situation know that they have not really solved the core problems of the airport. They were more concerned about the car park and the exterior amenities than how the limited space of the existing interiors can be expanded and improved. The fact that the 3 have taken their rejection  personally shows how unprofessional they are.

  • Anonymous

    what we need is a new functional airport terminal not a repaired dysfunctional one. i hope malacanang gets enlightened…..and by the way more than 1B budget just for repairs….that’s highly irregular

    • Anonymous

      jimiji: what is the basis of your statement: “that’s highly irregular?” Are you a contractor or anything like that? 1 billion sounds big  but that is drop in the bucket if we are to get more tourists in this country. Anything connected with tourism should be evaluated in terms of DOLLARS NOT PESOS.

      • Anonymous

        In fact, 1 billion is a measly amount. That is only about US$23 million to do a lot of structural works and fitting out of the decrepit airport. How much did Pacquiao earned in his last fight?

      • Anonymous

        But if it is just going to be cosmetic as what those furniture designers would like to do, 1 billion is certainly more than enough.

      • Anonymous

        ang yaman mo naman. atsaka ‘how much did pacquiao earn’ po

      • Anonymous

        hindi naman siguro kailangang maging contractor ka para maikumpara ang 1B para sa buong trabaho na alok nung 3 designers para sa airport terminal at 1.16B para sa interior lang na alok ni locsin….kung para sayo hindi irregular yan e sa akin irregular yan. tandaan mo kukunin ang pambayad sa kaban na mula sa bulsa ng mga ordinaryong tao na tulad ko 

  • Anonymous

    In yesterdays article some suggested that perhaps the 3 whiners should join hands with LVL in the project. I am afraid that is counter productive as we have seen the “prima dona” attitudes of those 3. Besides, I understand the urgency of the project and the expediency that it requires to deliver. Involving a bona fide architectural firm  with amateurs will just complicate things and delay the much needed delivery of the project to the long-suffering public. Do we need that? By all means it is not a MEGA project and a competent architectural firm can manage the whole thing without working with amateurs.

    • Anonymous

      If it is cost effective and within reasons to find them acceptable to the A&E firm (LVL, assuming they officially got the job), perhaps the furnitures could be procured from this group. 

      Aside from this, I don’t think the A&E firm could find them helpful in this project. 

      • Anonymous

        if you are familiar with the stuff Cobonpue and Layug are doing, you will not even suggest this. They do mostly top of the line residential furniture which are hardly suitable for commercial use like the airport. the best that their furniture line could be used are in the vip lounges. but they have to be scaled down. the cheapest place to procure industrial type furniture is in China if cost factor is to be considered sans false nationalistic sentiments.  

  • Anonymous

    No amount of repairs can fix “safety concerns, rude staff, hostile security, bribery”. More than the aesthetics, invest on training the staff. Philippines is notorious for rampant bribery. Kadikit na ng mga pinoy ang pagiging mamamalimos. Yan yung klase ng baho na di makukuha sa simpleng paligo lang.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BS5VTWT6OCAHW64HDDGYQJ4KE4 Edmund

      Korek… singbaho ng toilet ang mga staff na nagtratrabaho diyan sa airport… akala nila lahat ng dumadating mape-pera… hindi nila alam karamihan sa mga pumapasok at lumalabas sa airport ay mga OFW na nagpapakahirap sa ibang bansa…  OFWs deserve respect….

      kapag dumadaan ako sa airport dalawa lang ang natatandaan ko, mabahong toilet at staff na mukhang pera… 

      • Anonymous

        Sana alisin narin itong 750 pesos terminal fee…Dahil ito ay walang explaination kung saan napupunta.
        Kung sana ito ay napupunta sa pag maintain ng kalinisan ng toilet at repair ng building hindi sana nangyari ang sinabing pinaka maduming airport sa mundo……..Ang pilipino style ay ningas kugon. Dapat ang terminal fee ay pupunta lamang sa pondo ng manitenance kung ito ay masusunod sa tingin ko tatagal pa itong building na ito…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VKJ2VQO3R6XTR4DFNWY6WOFLXE Pixel

    Kung repair repair lang gagawin, gumawa na na lang ng bagong airport. Since mas mahirap mag-ayos ng isang infrastractura lalo na kung matagal na ito kaysa gumawa ng bago. 

    • Anonymous

      tama ka dyan. kanya nga yung binabanggit na 1 billion ay kulang palagay ko. maski yung design and engineering works ay mas mahirap. mar roxas is talking about structural works. it means hindi lang cosmetic work or finishing ang aayusin.

  • Anonymous

    ano ang complain ng 3? dinisregard ang scheme plans nila? walastik, kailan pa naging mas importante ang architectural firms sa kliente? ang pagkaka alam ko kliente ang may final say, yang 3 yan dapat dalhin d2 sa middle east ng maranasan nila kung paano talaga ang tamang proseso, f*ck sh*t.

  • Anonymous

    pingkian: if you say that spending a lot is nothing compared to what it will bring to us in the end, bakit di na lang gumawa ng bago? bakit aayusin lang tapos gagastos ka ng pagkalakilaki…..kasama ka yata sa grupo ni locsin a. kamag-anak ka rin ba ni mar roxas?

    • Anonymous

      jimji: the much needed renovation and improvement is an interim measure. The logistics of the old NAIA including the 3 terminals are limited so that the eventual transfer of the airport really has to be done sooner than later if we want to expand the air traffic to our country. But that cannot be done because we don’t have the rail links connecting Pampanga to Manila yet. I suggest you read more about this topic and you will understand better….as for relationships, it is not suprising that nearly everyone who is anyone is related in this society particularly the elites.  don’t you think so?  

      • Anonymous

        jimji: i did not say spending a lot. it is you who seems to be horrified with the 1 billion price tag which I already explained. in fact, i said, the amount is a measly amount if we want to do it right.

      • Anonymous

        jimji: perhaps you are not a frequent air traveller that is why you do not fully appreciate the gravity and urgency of the situation in Naia terminal 1. are you?

      • Anonymous

        jimji: you have a dirty mind and that is not good for your well being. hindi ka aasenso ng ganyan mentalidad. mahirap makipag diskusyon sa walang alam. and for your information, wala akong kamaganak sa gobyerno noon at ngayon man.

      • Anonymous

        ang pinakamahirap eh yung makipag diskusyon sa nagdudunong dunungan na wala naman sapat na impormasyon. hindi bali ng makipagusap sa walang nalalaman at ipaliwanag kung ano ang dapat intindihin pero mahirap makipagtalakayan sa isang taong nasabi ko.

      • Anonymous

        kung marunong kang magbasa sinabi ko na ordinaryong mamamayan lang po ako hindi katulad mo. at ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan ang nagbabayad ng tamang buwis. sino ba ang tinutugis ng pamahalaan pagdating sa tax-evasion? baka kasama ka dito sa hinahabol ng pamahalaan. kahit na ordinaryong mamamayan lang ako ay nagbabayad ako ng tamang buwis at hindi ako nagiingles gaano dahil mahahalata ang mga mali sa grammar…hahaha

  • Anonymous

    jimji. sinabi mo na lahat. ganun pala eh kanya tumahimik ka na at wala kang alam. ang hirap sayo empowered ka na ng computer at internet pero hindi mo ginagamit ang mga yan para lumawak ang iyong kaalaman. ang sentimiento mo ukol sa buwis ay wala sa usapan dito. ikaw lang ba ang nagbabayad ng buwis? at kung may kaya ako sa buhay, wala ka ng pakelam duon, hindi ba? baguhin mo ang pananaw mo at baka umangat ang kabuhayan mo. ganun lang ka simple yun. tapos na ang talaktakan natin.

    • Anonymous

      kindly read your previous comments and if you know how to read between the lines then you will know what i mean. bakit biglang tagalog na sulat mo? tinamaan ka ba?….hahahaha

      • Anonymous

        retarded talaga itong batang ito. kulang sa sustansya dahil isa syang pulubi. magbenta ka na lang ng bote at dyaryo. ngayon na tinatagalog kita may angal ka pa. nagtagalog ako dahil hindi ka marunong makaintindi ng ingles. LOL

      • Anonymous

        nagtagalog ka dahil nakita ng batang ito ang mga mali-mali mo sa ingles. nakakahiya di ba?

  • Anonymous

    Naka-siyam na taon si Gloria, ano nagawa niya na e-face lift or e-pagawa ang mga ito? Minimal at / o hinde ito inasikaso ng Malakanyang,DOTC ng gobyerno.  Pabaya sila. Sobrang pabaya!

    Alisin na nila ang mga pork barrel funds at ilagay ang mga pera sa mahusay sa pagpapa-sa-ayus ng mga school klasroms, large land trasnportation terminals, sea transportation passenger buildings, international airports, local aiports.  Hinde being lovable ang Pinas dahil sa mga ganito.  Nakakabuwisit ang gobyerno simula pa nang 1980.   

  • Anonymous

    Hep, hep.  I hope our two comrades will stop their prolonged discussion.  It’s no longer beneficial to this forum.

    Have a truce my friend.  We should better conserve our energy for a possible EDSA III.

    Salamat po.

    • Anonymous

      EDSA 3 oh no!  another fake revolution? spare us please !!!

    • Anonymous

      binubully po kasi ako ni pingkian porke’t mahirap lang daw ako at bata pa…huhuhuhu

      • Anonymous

        tahan na budoy. para ka namang yun tatlo dyan na nagsusumbong sa publiko dahil hindi sila napili ni mar roxas. eto ang lolipop   at maligo ka dahil napaka dungis muna. mahirap ang trabaho ng magbobote ano? magkano kinita mo nitong araw? LOL 

      • Anonymous

        talaga…spelling lang ng lollipop di mo alam…..hahaha…..tanga na bobo pa….hahahaha

  • http://twitter.com/Rhymzilog Rhym Zilog

    Along with this upcoming renovation, rehab the services and airport staff and transform our prime airport 360 degrees. It serves as main door of our tourism industry. Make our airport a relaxing place and enjoyable for travellers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VS7TYS46ZLLUMY63K2VODFU22U dell

    Whether this is simple repair or upgrade, OR WHATEVER THEY CALL IT, still the procurement process should be within the provision of the law. We should remind the presidential hunter that it is highly disadvantageous to the government if he will insist on awarding the contract to his favored contractor without the benefit of public bidding.

    • Anonymous

      “Whether this is simple repair or upgrade, OR WHATEVER THEY CALL IT, still the procurement process should be within the provision of the law. We should remind the presidential hunter that it is highly disadvantageous to the government if he will insist on awarding the contract to his favored contractor without the benefit of public bidding.” – DELL
      What was really the scope of the project ?  BA’T NAG-IBA-IBA NA NGAYON …. heto na naman, Structural, daw !  Nakakabwesit ….

      inbestigeyt .  Pero si Carpio hindi mag-i-inbestegeyt.  pilegro.  mawala-an siya ng trabaho !!!!  HAWR! HAWR! HAW!

  • Anonymous

    Structural and Electrical??? dapat over all redesign and expansion is the approach para ma increase ang capacity ng airport. Hay, if the government just keep on talking with out a  proper brief of the problems and requirements it shows na possible na masayang na naman ang pera ng tao sa solution na di tama sa problema.

    Hay sana makipag coordinate sila sa mga experts to conduct a study on the correct problem study and conduct a design competition to get the best approach.

    from isang Pinoy architect abroad….

  • Anonymous

    Sana  mag invite or put experts on the panel who will pick the winning design para maximize and see it in all angles. Hope hindi na ganito ang style ng pag pili ng designers ng mga government projects. Dapat design competition na ang norms.

    • Anonymous

      “Sana  mag invite or put experts on the panel who will pick the winning design para maximize and see it in all angles. Hope hindi na ganito ang style ng pag pili ng designers ng mga government projects. Dapat design competition na ang norms.” – PINOY_AKO_OFW
      why invite experts?  Why not outsource the whole government and give PHilippines to Idi Amin ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LLPTRPFUTYJXKI3KJS4B2UO4LI Jim De Garman

    structural repairs… to remove damage/worn out structural components and restore it with the new approved materials conforming structural standards, specifications, and codes.  

    architectural face lift, interior design, furniture’s, electrical fixtures, utilities, occupants, amenities…everything,  are dependent to the structural adequacy of the structures

    adequate structural component is the backbone and the interfaces of all engineering & architectural works.  sec roxas is completely right to his decision to strengthen the building structurally before any rehabilitation works to go on.

  • Anonymous

    ano ba talaga ang scope of work ?  Ba’t mali ang INternational Trio designers?  ANO BAH?  

    Carpio inbistigeyt.  No you do not investigeyt because your boss said “PITBULL OTHERS, DO NOT PITBULL ME, OR, I WILL PUTBULL YOU”

    Next president will inbestigeyt benign0 and Carpio on NAIA.

  • Anonymous

    Experts ay di kailangan na foreigner local pinoy talents are competent basta experts sa feild nila. Hindi naman pag sinabi na experts eh sa labas na ng bansa.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steven-Zahl/1670371040 Steven Zahl

    The extra P160,000,000 asked for by the Roxas and Locsin team is “FOR THE BOYS”Notice how Honrado was defending the new decision by Roxas?

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