Department of Transportation and Communications, 05 December 2013
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is all set to open the financial proposals submitted by bidders for the P 1.72 Billion Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project this coming Monday, 9 December 2013.
âWe are fast-tracking the technical evaluation.Â We expect to finish it by the end of this week so we can open the financial proposals by Monday,â said DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.
After opening the financial proposals, the transport agency will conduct a financial evaluation of each opened submission over the next couple of weeks, in accordance with the Build-Operate-and-Transfer (BOT) Law.
Five (5) groups submitted bids for this auction of a contactless common ticketing system for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) systems last November 18, namely:
The on-going technical evaluation will determine the viability of each bidderâs technical proposal, including whether the DOTCâs minimum requirements will be met and whether each submission will result in convenient, affordable, reliable, and efficient services for the public.
âThe biddersâ proposals must be able to demonstrate the ability to satisfy our project criteria through a sound and viable technical solution,â added Sagcal.Â âThe best interests of the commuter are always at the forefront of our minds.â
The AFCS project is part of the DOTCâs thrust to modernize the countryâs transportation systems.Â It will upgrade the present LRT and MRT ticketing scheme to a tap-and-go system, which will substantially lessen queuing time and allow seamless transfers from one rail line to another.
ABS-CBN News, 04 December 2013
MANILA â Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson said construction for segments 9 and 10 of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) connector road has begun.
âMagmula doon sa NLEx, mayroon silang tinatawag na segment 9 and 10, papasok ng Novaliches at papuntang sea port. Nag-uumpisa na âyun, ang actual contractor nandoon na on the ground,â he told dzMM on Wednesday.
He said the other segments, particularly the road connecting NLEx to Buendia, are now awaiting approval from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) before construction can begin.
âAs far as DPWH is concerned, tapos na ang aming kailangan gawin diyan, na-endorse na namin âyan. At in fact, âyung portion ng Novaliches, naga-acquire na kami ng right of way doon,â Singson said.
Pagpasok naman dito mula sa port area hanggang Buendia, âyan ay nakapending pa sa TRB at DOTC dahil sa integration ng rail papuntang Clark at âyung commuter line,â he added.
The connector road aims to decongest traffic on major thoroughfares including Quezon Ave. and EDSA.
Business World, 03 December 2013
By K.M.P. Tubadeza
Asked during a forum in Pasay City yesterday what he wants to see a day before his term ends, the President said: “The attitude of the people, from being apathetic to really being involved, and weâre seeing that now. But in terms of concrete manifestations of the same, maybe Terminal 1 [of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA], I think, will be finished — the refurbishing by that time.”
“Hopefully, NLEx (North Luzon Expressway) and SLEx (South Luzon Expressway) — the connector will also be up and running by that time, and the TPLEx (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La-Union Expressway),” Mr. Aquino said.
“More importantly is the airports will be substantially finishedâŠ Panglao, Mactan, and so many others,” he also said, adding that he also hoped for “at least the start of the light rail systems.”
The P1.64-billion NAIA Terminal 1 rehabilitation project entails repairing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems, as well as retrofitting the overall structure of an airport some critics have dubbed the worldâs worst.
The Transportation department has moved the bidding for the project to this month. It was originally scheduled for Nov. 15.
The first phase of the P23.8-billion TPLEx was partially opened Oct. 30. It is a 17-kilometer road stretching from Tarlac City to Gerona in Tarlac province. It is expected to cut travel time between Manila and Baguio to two to three hours from six.
The P4.63-billion construction of a new airport in Panglao, Bohol is to replace the existing Tagbilaran Airport. The project is up for auction to Japanese contractors, according to a bulletin from the Transportation department last month.
Meanwhile, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport New Passenger Terminal project is being offered under the governmentâs public-private partnership (PPP) program. The Transportation department is currently evaluating the technical proposals submitted by seven bidders.
Light rail projects in the governmentâs pipeline include the P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension, the P62.7-billion Metro Rail Transit 7 Project, and the LRT-1 North Extension.
GMA News, 03 December 2013
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Tuesday gave investors an April 28 deadline to submit their bids for the P65 billion Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT1) Cavite extension project, the biggest public-private partnership initiative of the Aquino administration.
Qualification documents and bid proposals must be in not later than April 28, 2014, according to an Invitation to Qualify and Bid released by the department.
According to the DOTC, the Instruction to Bidders can bought at P1 million for new bidders and P500,000 for a new consortium if a member was previously pre-qualified by the department.
The document is free if a bidder consists of the all the original prequalified member.
The DOTC has adopted a single-stage bidding process, said spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal. âIn fact, we are expediting it. We will adopt the single-stage bidding process, and we will set the bid submission date in the earlier part of second quarter of 2014,â Sagcal noted.
Under a single-stage process, bidders must submit qualification documents and technical and financial proposals in one go which compares with a two-stage bidding that includes a pre-qualifying stage.
âWe are still be following the same four- to six-month timeline from obtaining approval to set the bid submission deadline,â Sagcal noted.
The DOTC will issue and make public the Invitation to Bid in line with the Build-Operate-Transfer Law for three consecutive weeks starting Tuesday. âÂ VS, GMA News
Business Mirror, 03 December 2013
By Lenie Lectura
THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Tuesday issued the bid invites for the P64.9-billion Light Railway Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension, the countryâs largest railway public-private partnership (PPP) project.
âThe DOTCâs Special Bids and Awards and Committee (SBAC) is inviting local and international companies to participate in an open, fair and transparent single-stage bidding process. Interested parties may submit their qualification documents simultaneously with their technical and financial proposals in the international tender for the project,â the agency said.
Under the single-stage bidding process, all interested groups will submit their qualification documents simultaneously with their technical and financial proposals, instead of having a separate prequalification phase. This will do away with the two-stage process, effectively cutting the entire period by around two months.
Interested bidders must submit all qualification documents and bid proposals on or before April 28, 2014.
The project has five components. The first is the Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the existing Line 1 system composed of the depot, electrical and mechanical system, rolling stock stations, track and other related assets.
The second component involves the design, procurement, engineering, construction, installation, completion, testing and commissioning of the Cavite extension facilities which include the railway infrastructure and system components.
Basically, the project will extend the existing system by 11.7 kilometers (km), adding eight new stations, where approximately 10.5 km of the extension will be elevated and 1.2 km will be at grade.
The next component is the integration of the existing system and the extended system. The integration includes train control and signaling, communications and traction power supply to the integrated light railway system.
The fourth component is the O&M of the extended system.
The last component involves system upgrades, such as fleet upgrade, periodic restoration works and any required depot expansion works.
The DOTC and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), meanwhile, will be responsible for the financing, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning of the rolling stock component, which involves the procurement of 30 new four-train cars, and the depot development which covers the construction of a new satellite depot in Zapote to provide light maintenance works and expansion of existing Pasay depot to accommodate a larger fleet.
The DOTC earlier prequalified San Miguel Infra Resources Inc. and MTD Capital Bhd. of Malaysia; DMCI group and MTD-Samsung group; and Light Rail Manila led by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp. The first two groups withdrew their participation while the last group submitted a noncompliant offer.
They will not be required to pay for the Instruction to Bidders document which costs P1 million. âIf the previous bidder is a consortium, it need not pay for the Instructions to Bidders, provided that it keeps the original membership intact.
If a new bidder, which is a consortium, has a member any previous pre-qualified bidder or any consortium member of a previously prequalified bidder, such new bidder must pay only P500,000.
âBidding is open to all interested bidders, whether local or foreign. International parties can participate in all components, except O&M. The entity operating a public utility should follow nationality requirements as prescribed by the Philippine Constitution and existing laws,â the DOTC added.
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 03 December 2013
By Miguel R. Camus
At least five groups are keen on the second auction for a tweaked version of the governmentâs P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension project after the Transportation department on Tuesday issued an invitation to bid.
The groups are the Consunji familyâs DMCI Holdings Inc., Metro Pacific Investments Corp. of businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, San Miguel Corp. and MTD-Samsung, a Malaysian-Korean group and the only foreign participant thus far.
Megawide Construction Corp., another active player in the governmentâs public-private partnership program, will purchase bid documents as well, Megawide chief marketing officer Louie Ferrer said Tuesday.
The LRT-1 deal will now be auctioned off under an expedited âsingle-stageâ process, where qualification, technical and financial proposals will be submitted on April 28 next year, the bid invite from the Department of Transportation and Communications showed yesterday.
The railway deal, the largest under the Aquino administrationâs PPP program, involves the construction of a mostly elevated 11.7-kilometer railway extension from Baclaran to Bacoor in Cavite. The winning bidder will then operate the entire LRT-1 system for a period of 32 years.
The LRT-1 extension aims to provide an affordable commuting alternative for about four million people living in ParaĂ±aque, Las PiĂ±as and Cavite, the DOTC said. About half a million people use the existing LRT-1 system in Metro Manila daily, but that figure may increase by over 60 percent once the extension line is complete.
All the companies, apart from Megawide, had been prequalified for the first bidding round on Aug. 15. The first round was declared a failure when some of the prospective bidders withdrew or, in the case of Metro Pacific, submitted a non-complying offer, due to viability issues.
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 03 December 2013
By Miguel R. Camus
FOR ALL its success, the Sy familyâs SM Group still contends with snide remarks from mostly non-billionaires on the âshoe boxâ design for many of its ubiquitous shopping malls.
But no one threw those remarks during the bid submissions for the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport PPP last week, where SM was among seven bidders for the governmentâs first airport deal.
The âshoe boxâ mall operator went all out with presenting its own bid documents, contained in neatly stacked boxes inside a wheeled white cabinet with a dramatic sliding panel.
For those who havenât been to a bid submission like this, it is often a monotonous multihour event where balikbayan-style boxes are wheeled in, unsealed, then documents are checked before the boxes are resealed for evaluation later.
It is probably for this reason that SM unveiled its bid documents to collective oohs and aahs from the crowd of mostly lawyers from rival camps. One or two couldnât help themselves and stood up to record the event with their smartphone cameras.
Even Transportation Undersecretary Jose Lotilla quipped that such flair and drama would not provide added points for any bidder.
This light episode aside, the strong interest in the project comes at a time when the Aquino administration is battered by other issues, from various natural disasters to the fallout of the Napoles pork barrel scandal.
Some have suggested that those other issues could come to define the Aquino administration, which is more than halfway through. But others believe there is still time, and the successful implementation of the remaining PPPs would do much to avert this.