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DPWH aims to bid out Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project by December

InterAksyon, 02 June 2013

By Darwin G. Amojelar

 

MANILA – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) plans to bid out as early as December the P152-billion public-private partnership (PPP) project to build an expressway that would circle the Laguna de Bay.

“Our timetable there is five to six months, maybe December or probably first quarter of next year,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson told reporters on the sidelines of today’s bidding for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project.

“This is the largest PPP by far among our projects,” Singson said, referring to the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike (LLED).

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) board last week approved the project, which has the following components:

- A 47-kilometer expressway dike with 2 sections as follows: Bicutan-Calamba and Calamba-Los Baños; and

- Reclamation of 500-700 hectares of raw land and horizontal development of the same for mixed use.

The project aims to provide a high-standard highway that will speed up traffic between the southern part of Metro Manila and Laguna, as well as a dike that would mitigate flooding in the western coastal communities along Laguna Lake.

The proposed alignment runs 500 meters off the shoreline of the Laguna Lake.

 

CALAX project attracts ‘big guns’

The Philippine Star, 03 June 2014

By Lawrence Agcaoili

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) received yesterday proposals from four prequalified bidders for the P35.4 billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project.

Submitting their technical bids were: MPCALA Holdings, which is led by Metro Pacific Tolllways Development Corp. (MPTDC), a unit of listed Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC); Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc., which is led  by San Miguel Corp. (SMC); Team Orion, which consists of Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Group; and  Alloy MTD Philippines.

“We prequalified four bidders and all submitted their bids,” DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said.

He said the agency checked yesterday the legal and technical bids and is set to issue a bid bulletin scheduling the opening the financial bids on Friday.

“We hope to be able to open the financial (bids) by Friday,” he explained

DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut said the agency’s Special Bids and Awards Committee together with the Technical Working Group would review the legal and technical proposals to determine the compliance of the four prequalified bidders.

The agency earlier issued Supplemental Bid Bulletin 32 containing the changes to the instruction to bidders for the PPP project.

A major revision requires bidders to submit a bid in the form of the viability gap funding (VGP) or subsidy not to exceed P5 billion or the amount that would be paid to the government as concession payment.

This was in sharp contrast to the original guidelines wherein the basis for the bid was the toll fee per kilometer for Class 1 vehicles in 2018.

In case of bids in the form of concession payments the agency said it would not impose a ceiling on the amount to be submitted by the bidders.

Under the revised guidelines of the DPWH, bidders who would offer a premium instead of asking for a subsidy would likely win the PPP project.

The Aquino government is doing everything it could to avoid paying subsidy for major infrastructure projects to generate much needed savings.

The DPWH pointed out that bidders who would submit a combination of both VGP and concession payment as well as conditional bids would be disqualified.

Singson said the DPWH hopes to award the project within the month.

“Well hopefully within this month,” he said.

 

Four groups submit bids for P35.4-B Calax project

Manila Standard Today, 02 June 2014

By Rosalie C. Periabras

 

FOUR prequalified bidders for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) submitted Monday their respective technical proposals for the 44.6-kilometer road project south of Metro Manila.

The toll road project is part of the national government’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.

Private investors will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the expressway project which has an estimated investment value of P35.42 billion.

The project starts from the Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) in Kawit, Cavite and ends at the Mamplasan interchange of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in Binan, Laguna.

Four prequalified bidders — MPCALA Holdings Inc, which is led by Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC); MTD Capital Bhd.; Optimal Infrastructure Development Corp. of San Miguel Corp. and Team Orion of the Ayala Corp.; and Aboitiz Land Inc.— submitted their proposals or technical bid documents for the road project.

On May 13, the DPWH moved the bid submission deadline by more than a week for the CALAX project because prospective bidders wanted additional time to prepare their offers.

In a bid bulletin, the DPWH said it extended the bid submission for CALAX to June 2 from its original deadline on April 21, which was also later moved to May 21.

MPTDC earlier said it requested an extension after DPWH issued changes in the technical design of the project. MPTDC is a subsidiary of listed Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC).

The DPWH said that following the submission of bid documents, the DPWH special bids and awards committee (SBAC) headed by Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, assisted by the technical working group, will review the legal and technical proposals and determine compliance with the requirements.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson has instructed the SBAC to subsequently schedule the submission and opening date of the financial offer for bidders with compliant technical proposals.

The DPWH said the financial documents will be opened on Friday.

“The technical proposal and the legal, tatlong envelopes pa yung bubuksan, [we have three envelopes to open] the legal and the technical and then after we evaluate the technical and the legal, kung compliant sila [if they are compliant] then we will open the third envelope which is the financial,” Singson said.

“The financial obviously cannot be opened today, alam nila yun, [they know that], that’s why we announced earlier we will issue a bid bulletin to the bidders and we hope to be able to open the financial [envelopes] by Friday,” he added.

The project will connect Cavite and Laguna directly, greatly reducing travel time between the two provinces.

The two highly industrialized and urbanized provinces are home to hundreds of international and mutinational electronic, semiconductor, automotive and manufacturing companies in addition to residential developments.

Asked when they expect the bidding process to be completed, Singson said: “Well, hopefully this month, when they comply with the technical and legal proposal. All we do is the financial isang numero lang naman ang pinaglalabanan diyan, [only one number matters], either pinakamababa sa government subsidy [the lowest government subsidy] or they will submit an upfront payment to the government, katulad din nung mga nakaraan natin, [just like in prior biddings] so within the same day we will know,” Singson said.

“I don’t know, I don’t see the bids until Friday so we hope they do an aggressive bid but I think they packaged it properly in the sense that it is exciting to the property developers as well as to toll operators,” he added.

4 major firms keen on Cavite toll road

Manila Standard Today, 03 June 2014

By Lailany P. Gomez

 

Four major conglomerates, including Ayala Corp., San Miguel Corp., Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and MTD Capital of Malaysia, submitted technical and financial proposals for the P35.42-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway project, the Public Works Department said Monday.

All four groups were earlier pre-qualified to join the bidding for the 44.6-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway, which is being offered as a pure public-private partnership project.

The agency said it received bid documents from MTD Capital Bhd. of Malaysia; MPCala Holdings of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.; Team Orion led by AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. of Ayala Corp. and the Aboitiz Group; and Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc. of San Miguel Corp.

The CALA Expressway is a four-lane, 44.6-kilometer at-grade road which will connect the Manila-Cavite Expressway and South Luzon Expressway.  The project is offered under the PPP program.

This means the successful bidder will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the expressway project, which will start from Cavite Expressway in Kawit, Cavite and end at Mamplasan interchange of South Luzon Expressway in Biñan, Laguna.

The special bids and awards committee headed by Public Works Undersecretary Rafael Yabut said following the submission of bid documents, it would review the legal and technical proposals and determine compliance with the requirements.  The agency said it expected to post a bid bulletin announcing the highest bidder by Friday.

The Public Works Department earlier modified the bid documents from a combination of official development assistance and PPP to a “pure” PPP scheme, after the successful staging of the auction for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway project.

It would be patterned after San Miguel Corp.’s upfront payment of P11 billion to the government for the Naia Expressway project.

Under the original invitation to bid, the private sector will finance, design and construct the P19.7-billion Cavite section with a total of 28.9 km from Kawit to Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Cavite; and operate and maintain the entire expressway.

The government, on the other hand, will finance, design and construct the P15.87-bilion Laguna section covering 18.1 km from Aguinaldo Highway to SLEX Mamplasan Exit, Laguna.

The entire project would cost P35.42 billion or $864 million while the concession contract will cover 35 years, including the period for design and construction.

 

4 groups bid to build and operate P35.4-B 47-km Cavite-Laguna tollroad

Manila Bulletin, 02 June 2014

 

Four groups submitted bids yesterday for a P35.4-billion ($810 million) state contract to build and operate the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project which is designed to decongest traffic in industrial zones south of Manila under a public-private partnership (PPP) program, the government said yesterday.

The winner of the contract, the government’s most expensive road project under the PPP scheme so far, will be announced at a later date as bids will first be reviewed for technical evaluation, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, told investors during the auction.

Among those who submitted bids are a consortium formed by Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and the grouping of Metro Pacific Investments Corp, DMCI Holdings, Inc. and Leighton Holdings, Inc.

Besides the two groupings, San Miguel Corp. and Malaysia’s MTD Capital Bhd also made bids.

The 35-year contract to finance, design, construct, and operate a 47-kilometer four-lane toll road connecting two expressways south of the capital is part of government efforts to address the country’s infrastructure backlog.

The Asian Development Bank said in a report last year the country needs $20 billion annually in infrastructure investment to sustain economic growth, attract direct investment and alleviate poverty.

Last week, the government added two new infrastructure ventures to a pipeline of projects it will offer to investors under the PPP scheme.

A consortium formed by Ayala Corp. Metro Pacific, and Macquarie Group submitted the lone bid last week for a  P64.9-billion ($1.5 billion) project to renovate and extend Manila’s oldest elevated railway LRT 1 to Cavite.

Included under the national government’s Public-Private-Partnership program, private investor/s will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the expressway project with an estimated investments value of P35.42 Bilion that starts from Cavite Expressway in Kawit (Cavite) and ends at Mamplasan interchange of South Luzon Expressway in Biñan (Laguna).

Following the submission of bid documents, the DPWH Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) headed by Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, with the assistance of the Technical Working Group will review the legal and technical proposals and determine compliance with the requirements.

Singson has instructed the SBAC to subsequently schedule the submission and opening date of financial offer or bid for bidders with complying technical proposals.

CALAX has interchanges in eight (8) locations, namely: Kawit, Open Canal, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway at Silang, Silang East, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Laguna Boulevard, and Technopark. A toll barrier before SLEX will also be constructed.

The road is expected to connect Cavite and Laguna directly which would greatly help reduce travel time between and around the area. The two highly industrialized and urbanized provinces home hundreds of international and multinational electronic, semiconductor, automotive and manufacturing companies in addition to residential development.

Under the PPP scheme, DPWH has bid out and awarded in 2013 the NAIA Expressway Project which will connect the NAIA Terminals 1, 2, and 3 in Parañaque City with the Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard and Entertainment City in Pasay City while the Daang Hari-SLEX Link Road Project which will improve connectivity of the Daang Hari to SLEX and decongest traffic in Cavite, Las Piñas, and Muntinlupa was awarded in December 2011.

 

Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project draws 4 bidders

InterAksyon, 02 June 2014

By Darwin G. Amojelar

 

MANILA – (UPDATED 6:30 p.m.) All four groups that earlier expressed interest in the envisioned Cavite Laguna Expressway (CALAX) on Monday submitted their respective technical offers for the P35.4-billion project.

“For the record, we pre-qualified four bidders and all four submitted their bids today,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson said. Those that submitted their technical bids were:

- MPCALA Holdings, which is led by Metro Pacific Tolllways Development Corp (MPTDC), a unit of listed Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPIC);

- Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc, which is led  by San Miguel Corp (SMC);

- Team Orion, which consists of Ayala Corp and Aboitiz Group; and

- Alloy MTD Philippines.

The CALAX involves the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of a four-lane, 47-kilometer closed-system toll expressway connecting the Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

The project will start from the CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and end at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

The project will have interchanges in nine locations, namely Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, Technopark, and a toll barrier before SLEX.

Upon completion, the CALAX is envisioned to decongest traffic along the Cavite-Laguna road network, reducing the travel time from Metro Manila to the CALA area and back.

CALAX is the Department of Public Works and Highway’s (DPWH) third infrastructure project under the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.
The first project, the Daang Hari-SLEX, was awarded to the Ayala group, while the second, the NAIA Expressway, went to Optimal Infrastructure.

Singson said the DPWH Bids and Awards Committee will evaluate the technical proposals until Friday, by which the agency would issue the schedule for the submission of financial proposals through a bid bulletin.

“We hope to open the financial bids by Friday and we hope they do an aggressive bid, but I think they packaged it properly in the sense that it is exciting to the property developers as well as toll operators,” he said.

Singson the agency plans to award the CALAX project this month.

 

4 groups vie for P35.4-B tollroad PPP

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 03 June 2014

By Miguel R. Camus

 

47-km expressway to connect Cavitex, SLEx

All four prequalified groups submitted bids for the 47-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) public private partnership (PPP) project Monday, the latest big-ticket deal to be auctioned by the government.

The strong interest comes days after the government’s auction of the P65-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) extension  to Cavite, which drew just one bidder, and underscores the interest in tollroads, which has historically produced good bidding results under the Aquino administration’s PPP Program.

The four groups vying for the Calax are San Miguel Corp., Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., Malaysia’s MTD Capital Bhd and the tandem of Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Land Inc. (a subsidiary of Aboitiz Equity Ventures).

Their technical proposals and financial bids were submitted yesterday to the Department of Public Works and Highways, which is implementing the P35.4-billion deal, but only the technical component was opened.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said they hoped to open the financial proposals on Friday and possibly award the project this month.

This would mean two PPP deals could be awarded this month with the Transportation Department’s LRT-1 project.

“We hope they give aggressive bids,” Singson told reporters at the sidelines of the bid submission Monday, adding that the project was structured to make it attractive both to tollroad operators and property developers.

The groups that made offers for Calax all have exposure in the tollroad business.

San Miguel, with partner Citra Group of Indonesia, operates the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) and the Skyway elevated tollroad in southern Metro Manila and last year, it won the 7.15-km Naia Expressway PPP deal. Metro Pacific operates the Manila-Cavite Expressway, also in the south, and the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) while Ayala Corp. bagged in 2011 the 4-km Daang-Hari SLEx Link PPP. MTD, which previously operated the SLEx before selling its entire stake to San Miguel-Citra, is Malaysia’s second-biggest tollroad operator.

The DWPH has received good tenders for its last two tollroad PPPs. It got a P902-million bid for Daang-Hari, which comes on top of the cost to build the project. The following year, it obtained an P11-billion upfront cash payment from San Miguel Corp. for the Naia Expressway, also on top of the cost to build the tollroad.

The Calax project involves the financing, design and construction, as well as operation and maintenance of the four-lane expressway that will connect the Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) and the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx). It will start at the Cavitex toll gate in Kawit, Cavite, and end at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx)-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.

It calls for the construction of 12,207 meters of concrete bridges, 4,618 meters of viaducts, toll gates and interchanges in Kawit, Daang-Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa, Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road, Laguna Boulevard and the  Laguna Technopark.

 

4 companies submit bids for P35-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway project

Business Mirror, 02 June 2014

By Lorenz S. Marasigan

 

The government received high investor support for the P35.42-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax), as all bidders submitted on Monday offers for the multibillion-peso key infrastructure contract.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will review until the end of this week the technical proposals of the four prequalified bidders namely, MTD Capital Bhd., MPCALA Holdings of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc. of San Miguel Corp., and Team Orion of Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Land Inc. “We want to complete the process by Friday this week,” said Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, adding that the financial proposals would be open thereafter.

“We hope to award the project within this month,” the Cabinet official said as he expressed hopes to receive “aggressive bids” from the parties.

“I think we packaged the project properly in the sense that it is exciting to the property developers, as well as toll-road operators,” he said.

Public-Private Partnership Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao said the private sector was more interested in the deal when compared to the transportation agency’s deals because of the lower risks posed by the project.

“The risk appetite for this project is very high. The risk profile of our toll roads are different from the risk profiles our mass-transit projects,” she said.

Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. President Ramoncito S. Fernandez said his group submitted an offer despite the risks of the project.

“It is risky but still viable,” he noted.

For his part, MTD Philippines President Isaac  S. David told the BusinessMirror said his group submitted a bid despite the insistence of the agency on changing the bid parameters of the project.

“We tried to convince the bids and awards committee to stick to the rules but decided during the last pre-bid conference to change the bid parameters to the highest concession fee instead of the lowest,” he said.

He added that the project’s risk include the acquisition of the right of way and the acceptance of the toll.

“This is a greenfield project, meaning the right of way has not been acquired; the second risk is whether the motorists will accept the toll. Another is the risk in foreign exchange, especially since our partner is foreign,” David said.

The project is a 47-kilometer thoroughfare that would start from the Manila-Cavite Expressway in Kawit, Cavite, and end at the South Luzon Expressway (Slex)-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna. It would consist of nine interchanges and a toll barrier before the Slex.

The third public-private partnership project under the Public Works and Highways department, the expressway is seen to decongest traffic along the Cavite-Laguna road network.

Construction of the multibillion-peso expressway is seen to start by October next year. It is expected to be completed by September 2017.

The government has awarded seven PPP contracts since the flagship infrastructure program was launched in late-2010, involving:

■ The P1.96-billion Daang Hari-Slex project bagged by Ayala Corp. in 2011.

■ The P16.42-billion first phase of the PPP School Infrastructure Program (PSIP), which went in 2012 to the consortium formed by Megawide Construction Corp. and Citicore Holdings Investment Inc. as well as the BF Corp.-Riverbanks Development Corp. consortium.

■ The P15.68-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway, given to San Miguel Corp. unit Vertex Tollways Development Inc. in 2013.

■The P3.86-billion PSIP Phase II contract, partially awarded last year to Megawide and the BSP & Co. Inc.-Vicente T. Lao Construction consortium.

■The P5.69-billion Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center project that went to the Megawide-World Citi Inc. consortium also last year.

■The P1.72-billion Automatic Fare Collection System contract awarded to the AF Consortium of Ayala and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. in January.

■The P17.5-billion Mactan Cebu International Airport New Passenger Terminal project bagged in April by Megawide Construction Corp. and GMR Infrastructures Ltd.

The government aims to sign at least 15 contracts by the time President Aquino steps down from office in 2016.

 

DPWH hopes to bid out biggest PPP project by early 2015

ABS-CBN News, 02 June 2014

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is still hoping to bid out the government’s biggest public private partnership (PPP) project by the first quarter of 2015.

This despite the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Aquino, rejecting the P152 billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike project last May 29.

The project is still facing questions regarding its environmental impact.

“We have just to clarify some of the concerns of the NEDA Board but as I said we have time to clarify the environment and technical concerns,” Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said.

He said the project may still be bidded out by the end of the year or first quarter of 2015.

At the NEDA board, among the questions raised were about the dike’s height, construction of water circulation, as well as the establishment of pumping stations.

Singson said the DPWH will give prospective bidders between 5-6 months to prepare their bids.

The 47-kilometer expressway dike project “will facilitate traffic flow and mitigate flooding in western coastal communities along Laguna Lake – from Bicutan/Taguig through Calamba to Los Banos in Laguna.”

The winning bidder for the project would construct the expressway and reclaim about 500 to 700 hectares of raw land.

 

Ayala, SanMig, Metropac, MTD vie for $810 mln Philippine toll road

Reuters, 02 June 2014

By Siegfrid Alegado

 

(Reuters) – Four groups bid on Monday for a 35.4-billion pesos ($810 million) state contract to build and operate a toll road meant to decongest traffic in industrial zones south of Manila under a public-private partnership (PPP) programme, the government said.

The winner of the contract, the Philippines’ most expensive road project under the PPP scheme so far, will be announced at a later date as bids will first be reviewed for technical evaluation, Rogelio Singson, public works secretary, told investors during the auction.

Among those who submitted bids are a consortium formed by Ayala Corp and Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc, and the grouping of Metro Pacific Investments Corp, DMCI Holdings Inc and Leighton Holdings Inc.

Besides the two groupings, San Miguel Corp and Malaysia’s MTD Capital Bhd also made bids.

The 35-year contract to finance, design, construct, and operate a 47-kilometre four-lane toll road connecting two expressways south of the capital is part of government efforts to address the Southeast Asian nation’s infrastructure backlog.

The Asian Development Bank said in a report last year the country needs $20 billion annually in infrastructure investment to sustain economic growth, attract direct investment and alleviate poverty.

On Thursday, the government added two new infrastructure ventures to a pipeline of projects it will offer to investors under the PPP scheme.

A consortium formed by Ayala Corp, Metro Pacific and Macquarie Group submitted the lone bid last week for a 64.9 billion peso ($1.5 billion) project to renovate and extend Manila’s oldest elevated railway, the most expensive PPP so far. ($1 = 43.755 Philippine pesos) (Reporting by Siegfrid Alegado; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)