DOTC chief apologizes for warm temperature at NAIA-1

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


DEPARTMENT of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya apologized on Wednesday to the public for the poor airconditioning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1), explaining that the warm temperature is an effect of the ongoing rehabilitation works at the airport.

Abaya appealed for patience and understanding.

“We sincerely apologize to the public for the warm temperature at NAIA T1...We appeal to you to kindly bear with us, as this is all part of the ongoing project which will ensure T1’s structural integrity for the continued safety of its users,” he said.

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The NAIA-1 rehabilitation project began last January and is expected to be completed by January 2015.

"We promised a better NAIA and are on our way to delivering on this promise, but we need the public’s understanding in the meantime that we are working on it,” Abaya said.

According to the NAIA-1 management, certain air handling units (AHUs) had to be shut off in order to prevent dust and particles from being sucked into the airconditioning system, otherwise the whole system could be endangered.

In addition, a safety net presently covers the departure hall’s ceiling, which likewise affects air circulation.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), which supervises NAIA, reported it will have four new chillers by August while the NAIA-1 rehabilitation project is ongoing.

These will be in addition to the three chillers which are currently operational.

Meanwhile, all AHUs are up for replacement before the year ends.

The NAIA-1 rehabilitation project entails structural retrofitting, certain architectural works and the improvement of mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection facilities.

In the terminal’s 30-year existence, this is the first time that government is undertaking a major project to ensure its structural integrity and to improve its worn-out facilities, Abaya said.

Last week, the DOTC chief inspected the project’s progress along with the agency's independent engineer, TCGI Engineers, Inc. and contractor D.M. Consunji, Inc. (DMCI), which showed the current construction site for additional baggage carousels at the arrival area, as well as a mock-up of the planned refurbishment of the terminal’s ceiling and carpeting, for better aesthetics.

“Our sacrifices now will lead to much better facilities and services in less than a year’s time. We are confident that the public will find these inconveniences to have been worth it once the project is completed,” Abaya said. (SDR/Sunnex)

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