NAIA makeover contract goes to another design team; Kenneth Cobonpue, Budji Layug, and Royal Pineda displaced

ABS-CBN’s Bandila reports that the government has officially tapped Leandro V. Locsin & Associates to undertake the makeover of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). With this development, it looks like the team made up of industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue, furniture and interior designer Budji Layug, and architect Royal Pineda won’t be implementing their pro-bono concept for the project.

ABS-CBN’s Bandila reports that the government has officially tapped Leandro V. Locsin & Associates to undertake the makeover of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). With this development, it looks like the team made up of industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue, furniture and interior designer Budji Layug, and architect Royal Pineda won’t be implementing their pro-bono concept for the project.

 

"A year ago, we were asked by several Cabinet secretaries to help in the country’s branding. We suggested na let’s start with the airport," said Cobonpue.

 

According to the Bandila report, Cobonpue, Layug, and Pineda spent eight months doing legwork for the concept that they presented to the public in October. The work they did for the entire time was pro-bono. The trio also said that their design was approved by the Manila International Airport Authority and former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Jose "Ping" de Jesus.

 

Cobonpue, Lauyug, and Pineda were reportedly surprised to find out later on that the contract was awarded to Leandro V. Locsin & Associates. In a statement given to ABS-CBN News, DOTC Sec. Mar Roxas explained: "DOTC decided retained Leandro V. Locsin & Associates, the original architectural and engineering firm that designed NAIA Terminal 1. [The firm’s] insights will be of valuable help in minimizing disruption to operations."

 

Meanwhile, when asked about the issue raised by Cobonpue, Layug, and Pineda, MIAA general manager Jose Honrado said (in Filipino), "I’d like to make it clear that we made no formal commitment to them. They just presented their recommendations. They offered their services and we’re thankful for that."

 

According to the Bandila report, Cobonpue, layug, and Pineda are fine with letting go of the NAIA project. They just want the government to acknowledge that the task had, indeed, once been given to them.

 

For more on this story, watch the Bandila clip posted on ABS-CBNNews.com.

 

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