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27 November 2014


Four companies officially expressed their interest to be qualified to bid for the 4 Billion peso Integrated Transport System- South Terminal of the Department of Transportation and Communications.  Ayala Land Inc., Datem Inc., Filinvest and MVM Terminals which is a consortium between Megawide Construction Corporation and WM Property Management, Inc. submitted their pre-qualification documents for evaluation by the Project Bids and Awards Committee of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

According to the DOTC’s project timeline for the ITS-South, bidders will receive notifications on the result of the evaluation of their PQ documents by December 22, 2014. The PBAC (Pre-Qualification Bids and Awards Committee) targets to issue the Instruction to Bidders, including the draft Concession agreement and the draft schedules of the Concession Agreement by December 29, 2014.

The Pre-Bid Conference is slated for January 2015.

The ITS South Terminal will be located within a 4.7-hectare space near the Food Terminal complex in Taguig.  It will be implemented through a Build-Transfer-Operate (BTO) arrangement. Under a BTO scheme, the private concessionaire will build the ITS South terminal and transfer this to the DOTC. The operation and maintenance of the terminal will be undertaken by the winning private concessionaire using performance standards and specifications stated in the PPP concession agreement for a period of 35 years.

The ITS-South is the second transport terminal project to be undertaken by the DOTC under a public-private partnership arrangement. The first transport terminal – the Integrated Transport System –Southwest is awaiting the bid submissions of prospective bidders due on December 1, 2014.

Gov’t sets Dec 12 deadine for LRT 2 O&M bidding

The Philippine Star, 27 November 2014
By Lawrence Agcaoili
MANILA, Philippines – The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is giving interested companies until Dec. 12 to submit their bids for a P1.15-billion contract to operate and maintain (O&M) the Light Rail Transit line 2 (LRT-2) system.

LRTA said the submission and opening of bids for the maintenance of the 13.8-kilometer LRT-2 system running from CM Recto Avenue to the Depot Santolan Street along Marcos Highway is scheduled on Dec. 12.

The agency is set to hold a pre-bid conference on Nov. 28 to provide a venue for interested companies to ask questions about the bidding procedures.

Interested companies are DM Consuji Inc. (DMCI); Miescorrail; Autre Porte Technique (APT) Global; Marubeni Corp. of Japan; the tandem of Multi Scan Corp. and Hyundai Rotem Corp. of South Korea; Telefonicka Inc.; Comm Builders & Technology Phils, Corp.; Global Epcom Services Inc.; and Korean-owned Busan Transportation Corp.

The winning bidder of the three-year maintenance contract would replace the TSPA consortium consisting of APT Global,Telefonika, STIV, Pacific, and Global.

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and LRTA are bidding out a separate contract for the operation and maintenance of the LRT-2. The deadline for the submission of bids for the public private partnership (PPP) project is on Dec. 15.

The concession period for the operation and maintenance of LRT-2 would be between 10 years and 15 years.

Likewise, the agency is also bidding out a P2.4 billion contract for the construction of the viaduct for the P9.7 billion extension of LRT-2 all the way to Antipolo City from the Santolan Station in Pasig City.

Four Philippine firms plan bid for $89 mln transport terminal project

Reuters, 25 November 2014
Nov 25 (Reuters) – Four Philippine companies are looking to bid for a contract to build and operate a 4 billion pesos ($89 million) transport terminal that will connect the capital Manila to adjacent southern provinces, a government official said.

Ayala Land Inc, Datem Inc, Filinvest Land Inc and MWM Terminals of Megawide Construction Corp submitted their qualification documents to the Department of Transportation and Communications before the Tuesday deadline, agency spokesperson Miguel Sagcal told reporters in a text message.

Of the initial five interested bidders, only San Miguel Corp , the country’s most diversified conglomerate, did not submit the qualification papers for the Integrated Transport System-South Terminal project that is part of the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

The Prequalication, Bids and Awards Committee will evaluate the documents to determine who among the four firms are eligible to join the auction.

The 4.7-hectare (11.61 acres) project will connect passengers coming from the southern provinces of Laguna and Batangas provinces to other transport systems such as the railways, city bus, taxi, and other public utility vehicles serving the inner capital.

Ayala Land’s parent firm Ayala Corp has won three PPP projects involving an elevated railway, toll road and a fare collection system, while Megawide has bagged an airport, school and hospital construction and operations contracts.

The government has so far awarded eight PPP projects worth 127.5 billion pesos since the scheme was launched in 2010 to upgrade ageing roads, airports and ports in line with its goal of lifting the country’s growth rate to 8 percent in order to catch up with richer Southeast Asian neighbours.

(Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Editing by Biju Dwarakanath)

Four companies firm up interest in Philippine capital’s south transport terminal project

InterAksyon, 25 November 2014
By Darwin G. Amojelar
MANILA – Four out of six companies that earlier bought bid documents for the second of Metro Manila’s transport terminal projects have submitted prequalification documents.

Michael Arthur Sagcal, spokesperson of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), identified the four as Ayala Land Inc (ALI), Datem Inc, Filinvest Land Inc (FLI) and Megawide Terminals.

The two firms that didn’t submit prequalification documents were Robinsons Land Corp (RLC) and San Miguel Corp (SMC).

One of the Aquino administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) projects, the P4-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) – South Terminal will be located near the Food Terminal Inc, the development contract for which ALI earlier bagged.

The project will connect passengers coming from the provinces of Laguna and Batangas to other urban transport systems, such as the future North-South Commuter Rail, city buses, taxis and other public utility vehicles that serve the inner Metro Manila.

The terminal will include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage holding facilities and park-ride facilities.

The winning bidder will build, operate and manage the said terminal for 35 years.

The DOTC is also bidding out the P2.5-billion ITS-Southwest Terminal. The deadline of bid submission is on December 1.

The terminal, which will be built on a 2.9-hectare area, will connect passengers coming from Cavite to other urban transport systems, such as city buses, taxis and other public utility vehicles that serve the inner Metro Manila, as well as the future LRT1 South Extension.

The ITS-Southwest Terminal will include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage handling facilities and park-ride facilities.

Ayala open to two rail hubs

Manila Standard Today, 25 November 2014
By Jenniffer B. Austria
Conglomerate Ayala Corp. said Tuesday it is open to the proposal of the Transportation Department to build two common light rail stations near North Avenue in Quezon City as a compromise deal with the SM Group.

Ayala Corp. managing director John Eric Francia told reporters the group was amenable to finding a “mutually acceptable solution” to address the controversial issue on a common rail station that would link Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit lines.

“We are open to solutions. This is something we should keep an open mind on. Hong Kong has two common stations, one is the Central Station and the other the Admiralty Station. So it’s not uncommon to have two common stations,” Francia said.

Francia, however, said the government would have final call on the issue of a common station.

SM Prime Holdings Inc., which operates SM North, is lukewarm to the proposal and is standing pat on its position that the government should honor its prior agreement to build the common station near SM North Edsa, instead of Ayala’s TriNoma shopping mall.

The SM group earlier signed an agreement with Transportation Department and Light Rail Transit Authority to interconnect LRT Line 1, MRT Line 3 and the proposed MRT Line 7 through a common station that would be built in front of SM City North Edsa and name the station after the SM mall, in exchange for a grant of P200 million.

The two government agencies, however, wanted to transfer the site of the common station from SM North Edsa to TriNoma, saying doing so would be more cost-effective.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya in a bid to appease the two mall operators proposed the construction of two common stations, one at SM North Edsa and another at TriNoma shopping mall as a win-win solution.

Under the proposal, the common station at SM North Edsa will house LRT 1 and the upcoming MRT 7 while the common station at TriNoma will house LRT1 and MRT 3.

Ayala Corp. is also part of a consortium that is constructing the LRT 1 Cavite Extension project.


Manila Bulletin, 25 November 2014
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) hinted its possible participation in the rebidding of the P35.42-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project. MPTC President Ramoncito Fernandez confirmed Monday night that they have renewed its bid bond for CALAX but remains reluctant to confirm participation in the “Yes, we renewed our bid bond. We want to play safe. But we want to see the terms first before confirming our participation,” he told reporters. The executive said MPTC remains interested in CALAX, considering that the proposed toll road will connect the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (Cavitex) to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). MPTC operates Cavitex through a controlling ownership stake at Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. “If government decides to rebid CALAX, we would like to wait for the final terms before we decide whether we want to join the bidding or not,” he said. “We don’t know if we are going to bid or not as a matter of principle. Fernandez added. (KB)

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ITS South Terminal Project PQ Documents Opening


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ITS South Terminal Project PQ Documents Opening

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Four firms seek to bid for PPP transport terminal project deal

Business World, 25 November 2014
By Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz
FOUR FIRMS have sought to qualify for the auction of the P4-billion contract to build an integrated transport hub near the Food Terminal, Inc. compound in Taguig City, the second of its kind to be rolled out under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.
An official of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) yesterday identified the prospective bidders that submitted pre-qualification documents for the project as: Ayala Land, Inc.; Datem, Inc.; Filinvest Land, Inc.; and MWM Terminals of Megawide Construction Corp.

Upon completion of preliminary evaluation, DoTC’s Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) determined that only four out of six prospective bidders submitted pre-qualification documents on Tuesday.

“Only four of six interest bidders proceeded. Robinson’s Land Corp. and San Miguel Corp. — through a letter submitted to us — decided not to submit pre-qualification documents,” DoTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur C. Sagcal said at the sidelines of the event in Mandaluyong City.

Officials of San Miguel and Robinson’s could not be reached immediately for comment.

DoTC had called for parties interested in the ITS-South project in September.

The department will later announce a timetable for the second stage of the bidding process, involving a pre-bid conference and actual submission of bids for the ITS-South Terminal project, Mr. Sagcal told reporters. “The list of qualified bidders will be announced within the year,” he said.

A project brief of the PPP Center showed ITS-South involves the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the facility that will give commuters from Laguna and Batangas access to other transport systems, such as the future North-South Commuter Railway project.

The ITS-South project will be executed under a 35-year build-transfer-operate (BTO) deal with the government, inclusive of construction period.

Besides ITS-South, DoTC is also looking at building similar integrated transport hubs in northern and south-western Metro Manila.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya told reporters last week that the department is studying a site near Veterans Memorial Medical Center for ITS-North. Apart from that site, other prospective locations are the former Manila Seedling Bank, the Philippine National Railways site in Caloocan City and the University of the Philippines Diliman campus.

Asked if these locations are still options, Mr. Abaya replied: “Yes, they’re still options. Adding to that is the Veterans.”

A look at the PPP Center Web site showed the hub in the northern part of Metro Manila is meant to serve long-haul provincial and short-distance city transport service providers. Project cost, however, has yet to be determined.

For the P2.5-billion ITS-Southwest Terminal project, deadline of submission of bids will be on Dec. 1. Firms that have bought bid documents for ITS-Southwest are Ayala Land, Inc.; D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc.; Egis Projects Philippines; Expedition Construction Corp.; Filinvest Land, Inc.; Megawide Construction Corp.; Metro Pacific Tollways Corp.; Robinsons Land Corp.; San Miguel Corp.; States Properties Corp.; and Vicente T. Lao Construction Corp.

The ITS-Southwest project — to be built on a 4.59-hectare site — will give commuters from Cavite access to other systems such as the future Light Rail Transit Line 1 South Extension. It will be executed also under a 35-year BTO deal, inclusive of construction period.

More detailed timetables for the two ITS projects have not yet been released by the Transportation department.