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DOTC to fast-track awarding of P64.9-B LRT1 Cavite Extension

The Manila Times, 05 September 2014

By Rosalie C. Periabras

 

The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking to fast-track the awarding of one of its biggest public-private partnership (PPP) projects, the P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 Cavite Extension, also known
as the South Luzon Extension Project.

“We are studying it thoroughly, because if you will check the TRO, the restraint is on the common station, not on the award. So this is the biggest PPP project of our agency. [There is the] possibility of awarding despite the TRO,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya told reporters.

Abaya was referring to the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court barring the government from transferring the location of the proposed common station from its original location in front of SM City North EDSA to Trinoma Mall, which is owned by MPIC partner the Ayala Group.

The TRO reinforces SM Prime Holding Inc.’s position in the case it filed for Specific Performance of SM Prime and LRTA’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated September 29, 2009. The case is now pending before the Regional Trial Court of Pasay City.

Abaya added, “As soon as possible, as long as we check off our few concerns with the stakeholders: How it affects MRT 7, MAGA (Material Adverse Government Action) – the provision that whenever government is in default, it gets penalized — Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). Pretty much that is it.”

Asked if the DOTC could not award the project until it gets the legal opinion of the OSG, he replied: “It provides us legal cover. We are expediting, we are engaging them and we expressed to them that it is to the interest of the country that we are doing this.”

SM Prime earlier filed a lawsuit against government for changing the location of the common station to benefit a rival mall. It said it had an existing agreement with the government to build the common station for the three rail lines in front of SM North Edsa.

The government denied that it violated a 2009 agreement between SM Prime and the Department of Transportation and Communications, which oversees LRTA. It claimed that SM Prime’s naming rights over the project expired in 2011, even as it argued further that the new location would benefit more commuters.

The P1.4-billion Common Station is part of LRT’s North Extension Project which is expected to help alleviate the public transport shortage in Metro Manila.

LRT 1 currently runs from Baclaran to Roosevelt in Quezon City, while the MRT 3 runs from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City.

The planned MRT 7 will begin at Tala, Caloocan City, passing
through Lagro, Fairview, Novaliches, Batasan, Diliman, and Philcoa, before ending at the planned common station at Edsa and North Avenue. The railway will serve an estimated two million commuters in the northern parts of Quezon City and Caloocan City.

The LRTA board in July had approved the award of the P64.9 billion LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension (Cavex) project to the Ayala-Metro Pacific joint venture, called the Light Rail Manila Consortium.

The consortium, lone bidder for the Cavex project, had offered to pay the government a concession premium of P9.35 billion for the right to build, operate, and manage the new rail line.

The consortium is made up of Metro Pacific’s Light Rail Corp. with a 55-percent share; Ayala Corp.’s AC Infrastructure Holdings, with 35 percent; and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings Pte. Ltd., with 10 percent.

Already approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the LRT 1 Cavite Extension project is the biggest infrastructure project under the government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program.

The Cavite or South Extension Project will extend the existing LRT Line 1, which covers 21 stations from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran in Pasay City. The Cavex will extend the service line by 11.7 kilometers, covering 10 more stations that will pass through the cities of Parañaque and Las Piñas up to Bacoor, Cavite.

 

DOTC expediting award of P65-B LRT Ext project

The Philippine Star, 06 September 2014
By Lawrence Agcaoili
 
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is expediting the award of the P65 billion Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension project amid the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court on the transfer of the planned common train station.

Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the agency is closely coordinating with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on how to go about with the awarding of the public private partnership (PPP) project without going against the order of the high tribunal.

“We are expediting, we are engaging them and we expressed to them that it is to the interest of the country that we are doing this.” Abaya said.

The DOTC has yet to award the largest PPP project under the Aquino administration due to the TRO issued by the Supreme Court preventing the DOTC and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) from transferring the location of the proposed P1.4 billion common train station.

“We are studying it thoroughly, because if you will check the TRO, the restraint is on the common station, not on the award. So this is the biggest PPP project of our agency and we are looking at the possibility of awarding despite the TRO,” Abaya said.

While waiting for an opinion from the OSG, the agency is studying the possibility of awarding the contract for the PPP project on the condition that the location of the common station is subject to the decision of the high tribunal.

“It (legal opinion from OSG) will give us legal cover,” Abaya said.

Abaya earlier stood by the decision of the DOTC to put up the proposed Metro Rail Transit – Light Rail Transit (MRT-LRT) common station in front of the Trinoma Mall instead of SM City North EDSA.

“It is clear in the contract and our view is still the same that it should be in Trinoma,” he said in Filipino earlier.

The DOTC chief said the agency continues to look for a “win-win” solution that would appease SM Prime Holdings Inc. after it secured a TRO from the Supreme Court.

The agency is looking at the possibility of putting up a “mini station” in front of SM City North EDSA to house both the LRT-1 and the proposed P63 billion MRT-7 of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. while the common station in front of Trinoma would house both LRT-1 and MRT-3.

The design of the common station was bundled in the bidding for the P65 billion LRT-1 Cavite extension project wherein Light Rail Manila Consortium was the lone bidder.
 

AYALA-MPIC Consortium Offers P9.35 Billion Premium for LRT – 1 Cavite Extension PPP

Press Release
06 June 2014
 

The Light Rail Manila Consortium, tandem of Ayala and Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC), offers the government Php 9,350,103,900.00 premium as concession fee for the P64.9 Billion LRT Line 1 Cavite extension project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) under the Philippine Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program.

It was revealed during the financial bid opening for the LRT-1 PPP project on 05 June 2014 that the Ayala-MPIC consortium is willing to provide premium payments to the government on top of the total project cost, instead of the government providing additional funding support to them for the project. ¬

The DOTC Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) opened the financial proposal of the lone bidder only after passing the evaluation of their technical proposal. Light Rail Manila Consortium was the lone bidder for the project last May 28.

According to DOTC, the financial bid opened is still subject to continuing evaluation and necessary government approvals before the Notice of Award is issued.

The winning bidder for the project will take over the operations of the existing LRT-1 facility in March 2015. And the construction of the extension to Cavite is expected to be completed by October 2018.

The extension of the current 11.7-kilometer LRT Line 1 to Bacoor, in the province of Cavite entails the construction of eight (8) new stations with provisions for two future stations. 10.5 kilometers of the new rail will be elevated and 1.2-kilometer will be at-grade.

When completed, the extended LRT line 1 will capture a projected 820,000 passengers daily who will be commuting from Cavite to Manila. It will provide reliable access to and from the densely populated residential sub-urban communities south of Manila to the various strategic commercial, industrial, and educational districts in the Metro.

 

Govt considers P2-B subsidy for LRT-1 Cavite

Rappler, 7 September 2013

SUBSIDY. The government may shoulder P2-billion-worth of real property taxes in the LRT-1 Cavite extension project. Photo courtesy of the PPP Center SUBSIDY. The government may shoulder P2-billion-worth of real property taxes in the LRT-1 Cavite extension project. Photo courtesy of the PPP Center

MANILA, Philippines – After several delays and the failed bidding for the P60 billion LRT-1 Cavite extension project, the government is mulling a P2 billion subsidy to get the rail project going.

This is among the changes in the project’s terms of reference that the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is seeking approval for, according to Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Executive Director Cosette Canilao.

Canilao said the DOTC’s Special Bids and Awards Committee is working on getting the nod of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board for government to subsidize the real property taxes (RPT) to be included in the new concession agreement.

“We need the approval of the NEDA Board, but we’re still taking away the variables. RPTs will be absorbed by government, “ she added.

Canilao has earlier said RPTs amount to almost P2 billion.

She explained that payment of the real property taxes, which will be imposed by the local government units, was the deal breaker when 4 of the pre-qualified bidders withdrew.

“For LRT-1, the RPT really became an issue,” she explained.

Three out 4 firms withdrew their participation shortly before the opening of the technical proposals last August 15.

The lone bidder, Light Rail Manila Consortium of Pangilinan-led Metro Pacific Investments Corp., however, failed to meet the requirements of the bidding, which resulted in a failure of bidding.

Canilao said rebidding for the railway project will be conducted before year-end.

The LRT-1 Cavite Extension project is among the biggest PPP projects under the Aquino administration.

The project will extend the existing 20.7-kilometer LRT-1 by 11.7 km, with a new south endpoint in Bacoor, Cavite.

The new line is expected to increase the ridership of LRT-1 from 500,000 to 700,000 passengers per day, and provide faster and more convenient mode of transportation to residents of Cavite, Las Piñas and Parañaque. – Rappler.com

 

Bidding for the P60-billion LRT 1 Cavite extension project to held January 2013

25 October 2012, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)

 

The bidding for the P60-billion LRT 1 Cavite Extension Project will push through in January 2013, as originally scheduled.

In a statement, the DOTC said that during the prequalification conference held recently in Mandaluyong City six companies submitted their prequalification documents, but two were rejected for arriving late at the event.

“Being transparent is the rule of the game. We are here to ensure a clean, fair, and open bidding process for the DOTC’s largest single transport infrastructure program,” Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya said in a statement.

The four companies who successfully filed their bid documents were Light Rail Manila Consortium (MPIC-Ayala), San Miguel Infra Resources, Inc., DMCI and MTD-Samsung.

DOTC had to extend the deadline for the submission of prequalification documents three times to encourage more participants. It wants to ensure that the companies or even the consortia to be formed have the required financial, technical and management capability to carry out the project.

“The change in the prequalification dates did not delay the whole process since the submission date of the financial bids will happen sometime in January next year. In essence, the project has not been delayed by this encouragement of a few more bidders,” Abaya added.

The existing Line 1, with endpoints in Roosevelt in the North and Baclaran in the South, services about 500,000 commuters daily.

The Cavite Extension will increase the span of Line 1 from 20.7 kilometers to 32.4 kilometers and will have a new south endpoint in Niyog, Bacoor, Cavite, and possibly extended up to Dasmarinas City and Imus.

Eight passenger stations with a provision for two additional stations, one satellite depot and three intermodal facilities is part of the project. Approximately 10.5 kms of the Cavite Extension System will be elevated and 1.2 kms will be at grade.

The passenger stations will tentatively be constructed in the following areas: Redemptorist Station on Redemptorist Road near Roxas Boulevard; MIA Station near the Coastal Mall along Roxas Boulevard; Asia World Station near Asia World Development (Roxas Boulevard); Ninoy Aquino Station, east side of Ninoy Aquino Bridge over the Paranaque River; Dr. Santos Station, south of Dr. Santos Road; Las Pinas Station, east of Quirino Avenue and south of Las Pinas River; Zapote Station, north of the Alabang-Zapote flyover; Niyog Station, south of the Niyog Road bypass and Aguinaldo Highway intersection.

Two provisional stations in Manuyo Uno in Las Pinas City and Talaba in Cavite are also being considered.

Once complete, the new line will increase ridership of LRT1 from 500,000 to 700,000 passengers per day. It will provide faster and more convenient alternative to residents of Cavite, Las Pinas and Paranaque.

The construction will be divided into two phases: from Baclaran to Dr. Santos Avenue (Phase 1A) and from Dr. Santos Avenue to Niyog Station (Phase 1B).

Once the bidding process is complete by January next year, DOTC is looking at issuing a notice of award to the winning bidder by the second quarter of 2013. (DOTC/RJB/JCP/PIA NCR)

 

1 foreign, 3 local groups vying for LRT 1 extension contract

23 October 2012, Philippine Daily Inquirer

 

Four groups—three local and one foreign—are vying for the contract to extend the Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 1 from Parañaque to Cavite, currently the largest infrastructure project being bid out by the Aquino administration.

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp., a consortium led by the group of Manuel V. Pangilinan and the Ayala family, and Consunji-led DMCI Holdings were among the five local groups that submitted prequalifying documents for a significant portion of the P60-billion project.

Two other local firms—EcoRail of the Romeros and Light Rail Transit Systems—submitted the required documents but were later disqualified as they failed to meet the 2 p.m. deadline on Monday.

Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp. submitted their documents as Light Rail Manila Consortium. The San Miguel group was represented by subsidiary SMC Infra Resources.

MTD Samsung, a consortium between Malaysia’s MTD group and South Korea’s Samsung, was the sole foreign bidder.

A total of 33 companies bought prequalification documents for the project but only six actually submitted the required documents, the Department of Transportation and Communications said.

The prequalification documents went through initial screening by the DOTC’s special bids and awards committee on Monday. A more detailed assessment of the documents will be done in the coming weeks, officials said.

“The evaluation of documents will be done under circumstances that will not create any doubts on the process,” Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo “Juju” Lotilla said Monday.

“The DOTC does not believe that mysteries are part of the government,” he said.

The six companies seek to be qualified, based on their technical and financial capabilities, to bid for the private-sector portion of the LRT Cavite extension project. The final list of qualified bidders will be released on a later date.

The project involves the construction of 12 kilometers of tracks and the installation of electromechanical and signaling systems. This portion is worth P30 billion and will be funded entirely by the private sector.

The winning bidder will also be responsible for the operation of the entire LRT line 1 once the extension is completed.

The other half of the project—the acquisition of new train cars—will be handled by the government and will cost another P30 billion. This will be financed through an overseas development assistance (ODA) loan.

The three-decade-old LRT line 1 runs from Baclaran, Parañaque, to Roosevelt, Quezon City, along Taft and Rizal Avenues and Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.

 

Bidding for LRT-1 project on January 2013, as scheduled

23 October 2012, GMA News
Despite the prequalification deadline being moved three times, the Transportation and Communications Department said that there was no delay in the whole bidding process for the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Project.
The proof in the pudding, according to a department news release, is that the bidding for the P60-billion project will push through in January 2013, as originally scheduled.
As it is, four companies are qualified to bid for the venture: the Light Rail Manila Consortium (MPIC-Ayala), San Miguel Infra Resources, Inc., DMCI and MTD-Samsung.
The DOTC explained that it extended the deadline for the submission of pre-qualification documents three times in order to encourage more participants. It wanted to ensure that the companies or even the consortia to be formed have the required financial, technical, and management capability to carry out the project.
“In essence, the project has not been delayed by this encouragement of a few more bidders,” said DOTC Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya
Once the bidding process is complete by January next year, the DOTC will award the project to the winning bidder by the second quarter of 2013.
According to the DOTC, around 500,000 commuters use the existing LRT Line 1, with endpoints in Roosevelt in the North and Baclaran in the South.
Once complete, the new line will increase the line’s span from 20.7 kilometers to 32.4 kilometers, with a new southern endpoint in Niyog, Bacoor. But this endpoint could also possibly be extended up to Dasmarinas City and Imus.
The extension will also increase the LRT1’s ridership to 700,000 passengers per day. — DVM, GMA News