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DOTC expediting P65B LRT-1 Cavite extension project

The Philippine Star, 02 December 2013

By Dennis Carcamo

 

MANILA, Philippines  – The Department of Transportation and Communications on Monday said it is expediting the bidding of the P65 billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension project.

“The only delay was in the schedule of the NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) Board meeting.  Otherwise, we are still following the same four to six-month timeline from obtaining approval to set the bid submission deadline,” DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said following reports of delay in the project.

He added that the DOTC is facilitating the bidding process of the country’s biggest Public Private Partnership project.

“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,” Sagcal said.

In a single-stage bidding process, interested groups will submit their qualification documents simultaneously with their technical and financial proposals, instead of having a separate pre-qualification phase.

The process will do away with the two-stage process, effectively cutting the entire period by around two months, Sagcal said.

After the original bid for this project failed last August, the DOTC improved certain economic terms in the concession, which required NEDA Board approval.

These improvements include a provision that would oblige the government to pay real property taxes, ensuring the integrity of the facility’s structure for a two-year period, permitting a five-percent fare increase upon completion of the project, and allowing the submission of negative bids.

The NEDA Board approved the improvements in the terms of the project last Nov. 21.

The LRT-1 Cavex project retains the major components of the original scope of works, such as the operation and maintenance of the entire LRT-1 system for a 32-year concession period, and the construction of an 11.7-kilometer southward extension from the Baclaran station to Bacoor, Cavite.

It entails the construction of eight new stations, plus two future stations, in Parañaque City, Las Piñas City, and the province of Cavite, which would open up access to education and employment opportunities in Metro Manila to a total of around four million people who live in the area, the DOTC said.

Based on the Build-Operate-and Transfer law, the DOTC will publish its invitation to bid for the improved LRT-1 Cavex project for three consecutive weeks this December, beginning tomorrow, Dec. 3.

 

3 PPP projects to generate 84,000 new jobs

Philippine News Agency, 03 December 2013

By Leslie D. Venzon

 

MANILA, Dec. 3 (PNA) –- Three infrastructure projects being built under the government’s public-private (PPP) framework are expected to generate close to 84,000 new construction-related jobs and will facilitate trade and travel.

PPP Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao said the Department of Education’s (DepEd) PPP for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) Phases 1 and 2 can provide 81,107 jobs while the Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Link Road project will create 2,672 jobs.

“These (84,000 jobs) still exclude new businesses generated,” she said in an interview.

Construction of the PSIP Phase 1 and the Daang Hari-SLEX road projects are ongoing.

Canilao said they expect construction on the PSIP Phase II will start early next year. Procurement of independent consultant is ongoing.

She said another awarded project, the NAIA Expressway Phase 2, can also generate jobs especially during construction.

“These new roads that we are building are also expected to reduce travel time significantly especially Daang Hari and NAIA Expressway. That would translate to transport cost savings,” Canilao noted.

She said lower transport costs can lead to cheaper prices of goods.

Aside from the four awarded projects, Canilao said three other PPP projects are targeted for completion before the term of President Benigno S. Aquino III ends in 2016.

She said these are the Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, the Automatic Fare Collection System and the Integrated Transport System.

Canilao further said six other projects are in their advanced stages, while 15 others are in their early stages of development.

“We are aiming to have at least 15 PPP contracts signed by the end of President Aquino’s administration,” she said. (PNA)
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DOTC expediting bid for LRT1 extension

Yahoo, 03 December 2013

 

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is adopting a single-stage bidding process for the P65-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension Project to shorten the bid period by at least two months.

DOTC spokesperson Michael Sagcal said bidders will be asked to submit qualification documents, technical and financial proposals all at the same time under the single-stage bidding process.

After the first bidding for the project failed in August, the DOTC is expediting the process to make up for the lost time.

“We will adopt the single-stage bidding process, and we will set the bid submission date in the earlier part of the second quarter of 2014,” Sagcal said.

The first bidding in August was declared a failure after only one  bid was submitted which was found non-compliant.

The DOTC then revised the concession agreement for the contract to make it more appealing to bidders. This was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board chaired by President Aquino.

The improvements in the terms of the project involve government absorbing the obligation to pay real property taxes, ensuring the integrity of the facility’s structure for a two-year period, subsidizing unexpected surges in power rates beyond a particular range, permitting a five-percent fare increase upon completion of the project, and allowing the submission of negative bids.

The NEDA Board’s approval also entailed an increase in the project cost from P60-billion to P 64.9 billion due to the addition of several components to the project’s terms.

The new components include “some remedial and rehabilitation works for the existing system such as repairing the carriage viaduct, rehabilitating existing trains especially their roofing, as well as making the LRT-1 system compliant with laws and regulations.

Also included was the “installation of equipment which will be part of the common ticketing system called the Automatic Fare Collection System, which is being bid out by the DOTC separately, for the Cavite extension portion of LRT-1 only.”

The LRT 1 Cavite Extension Project is touted as the single most-expensive infrastructure project of the Aquino Administration. While private sector invests P30 billion for the civil works on the extension to Bacoor, the government will spend another P30 billion to procure 39 new train sets for the mass transit line, apart from acquiring and delivering the required right of way, constructing satellite depots and implementing the automatic fare collection system that will lead to a unified ticketing system for all rail lines.

The winning bidder will be given the rights and privileges as a concessionaire for a period of 30 years. The concessionaire will receive the proceeds of the fare collection but assumes ridership risk, undertakes future system maintenance and upgrades, and permits commercial development of the facility.

The LRT 1 serves an average of 500,000 passengers a day, keeping a highest daily ridership record of 659,000 in February 2012.

 

DOTC: No delays in bidding for LRT-1 Cavite extension

ABS-CBN News, 02 December 2013

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday said it is expediting the bidding process for the Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension (LRT-1 Cavex) Project amid reports of delays in the process.

DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said the process is on track for the bid submission deadline set in the second quarter of 2014.

“The only delay was in the schedule of the NEDA Board meeting. Otherwise, we are still following the same 4- to 6-month timeline from obtaining approval to set the bid submission deadline,” said Sagcal.

“In 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 Q2 2014,” he added.

Under a single-stage bidding process, interested parties may submit qualification documents together with technical and financial proposals to shorten the entire procedure by 2 months.

The DOTC improved certain economic terms in the concession after the original bid for the project failed last August.

The improvements include government absorbing the obligation to pay real property taxes, ensuring the integrity of the facility’s structure for a 2-year period, permitting a 5 percent fare increase upon completion of the project, and allowing the submission of negative bids.

The improvements were approved by the NEDA Board on November 21.

The P65 billion LRT-1 Cavex project involves the construction of an 11.7-kilometer southward extension from the Baclaran station to Bacoor, Cavite, and the construction of 8 new stations, plus more stations in Parañaque City, Las Piñas City, and Cavite in the future.

 

DOTC adopts single-stage bidding for LRT 1 Cavite extension project

Business Mirror, 02 December 2013

By Lenie Lectura

 

THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Monday said it will adopt the single-stage bidding process for the P65-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT 1) Line 1 Cavite Extension (Cavex) Project.

The single-stage bidding process means that 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.

Bid submission is scheduled in the earlier part of the second quarter of next year, added the agency in a statement. The invitation to bid for the country’s largest railway public-private partnership (PPP) project will be published beginning on Tuesday, and the bidding process begins upon the publication of an invitation to bid.

DOTC Spokesman Michael Arthur Sagcal said the agency is still following the four- to six-month timeline from obtaining approval to set the bid submission deadline.

After the original bid for this project failed in August, the DOTC improved certain economic terms in the concession, which required National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board approval.

These involve the government absorbing the obligation to pay real-property taxes, ensuring the integrity of the facility’s structure for a two-year period, permitting a 5-percent fare increase upon completion of the project, and allowing the submission of negative bids.

The said improvements were approved on November 21.

The LRT 1 Cavex project retains the major components of the original scope of works, namely, the operation and maintenance of the entire LRT 1 system for a 32-year concession period, and the construction of an 11.7-kilometer southward extension from the Baclaran station to Bacoor, Cavite.

It entails the construction of eight new stations, plus two future stations, in Parañaque City, Las Piñas City and the province of Cavite, opening up more convenient, efficient and faster access to education and employment opportunities in Metro Manila to a total of around 4 million people who live in the area.

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.

The DOTC disqualified the bids of Romero-led Ecorail and Luzon Rail Transit System in October 2012 because they failed to submit their prequalification documents beyond the deadline.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya expects more groups to join the rebidding now that the bid terms had been modified and relaxed.

“We’ve met with a couple of contractors who build rails and airports. Someone called me, a Mexican-Latin-American construction company. I have no official count as to how many. Of course, we will only find out once they buy the bid documents,” Abaya said.

All interested bidders, including the prequalified bidders, will undergo another round of prequalification process.

 

DOTC expedites LRT extension bidding

Manila Bulletin, 02 December 2013

 

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is expediting the bidding process for the improved P65-Billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite Extension (LRT-1 Cavex) Project.

“The only delay was in the schedule of the NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) Board meeting. Otherwise, we are still following the same 4- to 6-month timeline from obtaining approval to set the bid submission deadline,” said DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.

“In 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 Q2 2014,” Sagcal added.

The single-stage bidding process means that interested groups will submit their qualification documents simultaneously with their technical and financial proposals, instead of having a separate pre-qualification phase. This will do away with the two-stage process, effectively cutting the entire period by around two (2) months.

After the original bid for this project failed last August, the transport agency improved certain economic terms in the concession, which required NEDA Board approval.

These involve government absorbing the obligation to pay real property taxes (RPT), ensuring the integrity of the facility’s structure for a two (2)-year period, permitting a five-percent (5%) fare increase upon completion of the project, and allowing the submission of negative bids.

The said improvements were approved last November 21.

The LRT-1 Cavex project retains the major components of the original scope of works, namely the operation and maintenance of the entire LRT-1 system for a 32-year concession period, and the construction of an 11.7-kilometer southward extension from the Baclaran station to Bacoor, Cavite.

It entails the construction of eight (8) new stations, plus two (2) future stations, in Parañaque City, Las Piñas City, and the province of Cavite, opening up more convenient, efficient, and faster access to education and employment opportunities in Metro Manila to a total of around four (4) million people who live in the area.

Pursuant to the Build-Operate-and Transfer (BOT) Law, the DOTC will publish its invitation to bid for the improved LRT-1 Cavex project for three (3) consecutive weeks during this month of December, beginning tomorrow.

 

DOTC vows to speed up bidding of LRT 1 extension project

Rappler, 02 December 2013

By Cherrie Regalado

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said Monday, December 2 it will speed up the bidding of the P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 Cavite extension project, the biggest infrastructure deal under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.

“The only delay was in the schedule of the NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) board meeting. Otherwise, we are still following the same four- to six-month timeline from obtaining approval to setting the bid submission deadline,” DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal said in a statement.

Sagcal said DOTC will adopt the single-stage bidding for the railway project to cut down the whole process by two months.

“We will adopt the single-stage bidding, and we will set the bid submission date in the earlier part of Q2 (second quarter) 2014.”

Under this type of bidding, interested groups will submit prequalification documents and their technical and financial proposals at the same time.

The LRT 1 extension project was one of the PPPs approved by the NEDA board on November 21. The board approved the project’s revised terms, which increased its cost to P64.9 billion from P60 billion.

An invitation to bid will be published on Tuesday, December 3 to start the bidding process.

The project will extend LRT 1 by 11.7 kilometers from Baclaran station in Pasay City to Bacoor in Cavite. It will also involve the operation and maintenance of the entire LRT 1 system for a 32-year concession period.

The 2014 bidding will be the second for the project after the first held last August was declared a failure.– Rappler.com