DOTC, 14 November 2013
Manila, Philippines â€“ With the coming bid submission deadline for the P1.72 Billion Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) project on Monday, 18 November 2013, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) expects to net the most number of bidders under the administrationâ€™s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program so far.
â€śWith only a few days to go before bid submission, our sense is that all five prequalified groups are still very much in the running,â€ť said DOTC spokesperson Migs Sagcal.
â€śFrom what we understand, if all groups submit on Monday, this could be the highest number of bidders for a PPP project so far.Â That would mean more competitive bids, and it would show how well the project terms have been packaged,â€ť Sagcal added.
The 5 consortia which were pre-qualified by the transport agency earlier this year are the AF Consortium, led by the Ayala and Metro Pacific groups; the SM Consortium, which includes several companies owned by the Sy family; a group led by ComWorks, Inc.; the E-Trans Solutions Joint Venture, Inc.; and the Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink Consortium.
The pre-qualified groups have also partnered with foreign companies having established experience in similar ticketing systems, such as those in the technology, banking, transportation, and retail industries.
The AFCS project is part of the DOTCâ€™s thrust to modernize the countryâ€™s transportation systems for more convenient, reliable and efficient services.
It will upgrade the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (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.
The winning consortium will also have the option to expand this contactless card system to other businesses in and out of the transportation sector, such as in retail transactions.
The DOTC aims to award the contract for this project by February next year, and is targeting full implementation by the third quarter of 2015.
14 November 2013
With government focusing its energies and resources to respond to the mammoth needs of those devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, the scheduled NEDA Board meeting set for this week was postponed. The NEDA Board is chaired by the President which approves PPP projects.
Despite the postponement, several PPP projects remain on track, including the Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS), a PPP project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) which is all set to go ahead with its scheduled bid submission on November 18, 2013, 2:00 pm.
However, the DOTC postponed the submission of bids for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) project scheduled for tomorrow, November 15, 1023. According to Atty. Miguel Sagcal of the DOTC, â€śThe bid submission for the MCIA project originally scheduled this Friday has been postponed since the NEDA board meeting did not push through under current circumstances. We are still confirming the new schedule. We will set the submission of the bids 5 days after the NEDA Board approves the revisions.â€ť
Sagcal also added that the DOTC will issue an official notice to the bidders through its website to announce the new schedule. This is however contingent on the availability of the President. The DOTC foresees that it might take at least another two weeks before another NEDA Board meeting could be held.
The PPP program remains as one of the President’s priority programs to help sustain the country’s economic growth.