PPP Center Press Release
04 June 2012

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and its attached agency,  the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), released on 4 June 2012 the official invitation to pre-qualify and bid (ITPB) for the P60-billion LRT Line 1-Cavite Extension Project.

Currently serving more than 500,000 commuters daily, the existing 20.7-km LRT Line-1 is now up for an 11.7-km extension and service improvement as private sector participation, efficiency, and expertise are now being tapped under the Aquino administration’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program.

The existing train system, which runs from Roosevelt in Quezon City to Baclaran in Pasay, is set to be extended to Bacoor, Cavite where a large population of about four million people resides. This system upgrade is expected to benefit an additional 500,000 commuters living south of Metro Manila—Parañaque, Las Piñas, and the Province of Cavite—who travel daily to central business districts located in the Metro.

Specifically, the actual project involves five (5) key project components, namely: the operation and maintenance of the existing system; design and overall construction of the Cavite extension facilities (“Cavite Extension System”); integration of the existing and extension systems (“Integrated System”); operation and maintenance of the integrated system; and the system enhancement works covering whole-of-life investments for the integrated system.

The DOTC has engaged the Development Bank of the Philippines and IFC—the private sector arm of the World Bank—as its transaction advisors for this project.

The bidding is open to all interested bidders, whether local or foreign. Pre-bidding documents (i.e. invitation to pre-qualify and bid; and instructions to prospective bidders, including annexes) are available at the DOTC Main Office for distribution to interested parties until 21 August 2012 for a non-refundable fee of PHP50,000, payable in cash or manager’s check issued by a bank in the Philippines made out to the Department of Transportation and Communications.

The LRT Line 1-Cavite Extension Project is the third PPP project to be rolled out, following the successfully-awarded Daang Hari-SLEX Link Road project of the DPWH, and the currently under bidding PPP for School Infrastructure Project of the DepEd. The government is targeting to roll-out at least eight PPP projects in the pipeline this year.