There is no deliberate delay in the start of actual construction of the Bulacan International Airport project, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said in a statement.
The DOTr said it trusts the wisdom and due diligence in the conduct of the review of the concession agreement on the operations and maintenance of the upcoming airport.
The due diligence is currently undertaken by the Department of Justice (DOJ), at the request of the Department of Finance (DOF), to ensure that the agreement will faithfully serve the interest of the Filipino people.
The transportation department categorically states there are no objections to the concession agreement, merely clarifications sought on the phrasing of provisions on material adverse government action (MAGA) for situations where the government deviates from contractual obligation and as such is required to compensate a private entity, as well as the cap on liability in relation to operational performance and deliverables.
The need for such clarification derives from the imperative of ensuring that the contracts we enter into, especially those that shall span for decades, are indeed favorable to the Philippine government.
The DOTr said it fully supports initiatives that reduce the risk of future complications wherein contracts are exposed as disadvantageous, or worse, onerous to the government and to the people.
“Ultimately, these are all in adherence to tenets of good governance. No more, no less,” the DOTr said.