DoTr legal office doubts technical, financial capacity of Sangley Point developer
The Department of Transportation?s legal department has opposed the Cavite provincial government’s proposal to develop the Sangley Point in Cavite into a a P552 billion international gateway, citing the proponent?s lack of technical and financial capability to implement the project.
DoTr?s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs advised the agency against signing any agreement with the Cavite provincial government with respect to the proposed international airport development project for Sangley Point.
The agency?s legal experts, led by DOTr Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Procurement Reinier Paul Yebra, Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs Mark Steven Pastor, and Assistant Secretary for Procurement and chief of the DOTr Legal Service Giovanni Lopez, noted the Cavite provincial government?s failure to identify the source of funding for the project.
?This office is of the view that the (Provincial Government of Cavite) lacks the technical capability to implement the proposed Sangley International Airport Project…This office is of the opinion that the above description of the proposed project as well as the financing scheme is too general. Specific scope of the project and source of fund are required for this Department to evaluate the MOA,? DoTr?s legal department said.
Last July 28, the DOTr approved the Cavite provincial government?s proposal. The next step involves securing an endorsement from the Philippine Reclamation Authority for the reclamation work on the proposed project.