Business World, 26 May 2014
Tabled for discussion, among others, are the operation and maintenance (O&M) contract for Metro Manilaâs Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) and the P2.5-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS)-Southwest Terminal, and the P15.92-billion O&M for the Laguindingan International Airport in Cagayan de Oro.
The ITS deal is already scheduled for bidding next month while the two O&M deals have yet to be rolled out. A cost estimate for the LRT-2 project has yet to be issued.
âWe have to go back to the NEDA Board for a minor modification which will be discussed on May 29, with regard to changes in bid parameters,â Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya toldÂ BusinessWorldÂ last week when asked about the status of the ITS project.
This was confirmed by Cosette V. Canilao, executive director of the PPP Center, who also said last week that âwe are introducing changes in the parameters of the bidding.â
She declined to be more specific but Mr. Abaya said one of the concerns raised by prospective investors was the size of a government subsidy.
Interested investors include Ayala Land, Inc., Ayala Corp. Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. and San Miguel Corp. Representatives from these firms were not immediately available for comment.
The ITS-Southwest Terminal project involves the construction of a transport hub that will cater to Cavite-based commuters, facilitating their travel to Metro Manila. Bids for the build-transfer-operate deal with a 35-year âcooperation periodâ are due on June 16.
The LRT-2 O&M, meanwhile, is also on the agenda for the May 29 NEDA Board meeting, PPP Center project manager Johan G. Martinez yesterday said.
PPP Center information officer Daniel Ngilay said the P2.34-billion enhanced O&M for the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport was also up for discussion, but Mr. Abaya yesterday said this could be dropped.
âO&M LRT Line 2 and O&M of the Laguindingan Airport will be included,â he said in a text message. âBut Panglao O&M might be removed because too many projects [will be discussed], but it will surely be included in the next one (NEDA board meeting).â
All three O&M deals are in a list of five PPPs that are up for NEDA Board approval according to the PPP Center. The others are the P18.724-billion New Centennial Water Supply project that will benefit Metro Manila and the P122.8-billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike.
The NEDA is the government body responsible for economic development and planning. It is currently headed by Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan.
Policy and projects are decided by the NEDA Board that Mr. Aquino heads. Mr. Balisacan sits as vice-chairman.
Its current members include Vice-President Jejomar S. Binay, Executive Secretary Paquito V. Ochoa, Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad, Local Governments Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II, Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, Environment Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, Transportationâs Mr. Abaya, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla, Science Secretary Mario G. Montejo, Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., Trade Secretary Gregory L. Domingo and central bank Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo.
The PPP program is a centerpiece of the Aquino government, which has so far awarded seven projects since late 2011.
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17 March 2014
By Miguel R. Camus
The family of former Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. may join other players in bidding for âbundledâ airport public private partnership (PPP) deals that the government may auction as it seeks to diversify its presence in infrastructure projects with strong real estate components.
Manuel Paolo Villar, CEO of the familyâs real estate company Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., said these projects would be pursued under privately held Primewater Infrastructure Corp. and airports, expressways and railways would be part of the mix.
Primewater is already part of the MTD consortium, which is bidding for the Light Rail Transit Line 1 extension to Cavite, which Villar noted had plenty of potential when it comes to real estate.
âFor PPPs, we are trying to focus on where we are good at, which is property,â Villar said, citing potential synergies like commercial centers located along train stations.
âSo airports are one of the things we are looking at, but we wonât do it alone,â he added. âAirports are a huge real estate play.â
Recently, the government indicated that it was looking at bundling airport operations contracts for Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Bohol and Laguindingan (Misamis Oriental) under the PPP scheme.
The PPP Center had said that it would meet with private sector players to help determine the optimal size of bundling.
Airports in Davao, Bacolod and Iloilo handled about 5.5 million passengers in 2011, government documents showed. The Mactan Cebu International Airport, the Philippinesâs second-busiest airport, handled about 6.7 million passengers last year.
Other groups that may participate in the planned auction of bundled airports include Aboitiz Equity Ventures, JG Summit Holdings and Metro Pacific Investments as well as San Miguel Corp.
Despite this interest, bidders had said that they were interested in seeing a resolution to the issues surrounding the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport deal, the governmentâs first airport PPP.
The awarding of the project, originally scheduled on Jan. 6 this year, had been delayed as the Filinvest group, which gave the second-highest offer, raised various issues, including an alleged conflict of interest violation, against frontrunner Megawide-GMR.
Megawide-GMR offered a P14.4-billion bid against the P14 billion offer of Filinvest-Changi. The main conflict-of-interest allegation, being contested by GMR-Megawide, involves a key official of Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad, which is a partner of a rival consortium for the Cebu airport deal, who is also a director of two airports that GMR operates in India.
InterAksyon, 27 January 2014
By Philippine News Agency
TAGBILARAN CITY — Boholâs gateways gained highlights in the national discussions on 2014 infrastructure directions with the governorâs lobbying for expansion of the Tagbilaran Airport with an additional apron and terminal while waiting for the completion of the bigger New Bohol Airport in Panglao.
The recommendation to put up an additional apron and terminal building at the Tagbilaran had been presented to the officials of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) by Undersecretary Julianito Bucayan Jr. of the DOTC Project Implementation and Special Concerns in a recent meeting in Manila.
Gov. Edgar Chatto reported this through a long distance call from Manila while he attended the general assembly of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP).
Bucayan visited Bohol last week to confirm the feasibility of putting up the second apron at the Tagbilaran City Airport and to also inspect the status of the ongoing land preparation and perimeter fencing at the site of the New Bohol Airport in Panglao.
Chatto said Bucayan found it practical to immediately ease the congestion at the city airport.
This is also to prevent a repeat of the incident wherein all Tagbilaran flights had been cancelled because a stalled aircraft was occupying the sole apron at the city airport; this happened twice already this month because of the one-aircraft per apron policy of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Chatto said there is already an available property in barangay Taloto that the airport management can lease for the site of the additional apron and one more terminal building.
The property is located next to the existing runway and its final lease arrangement is now under negotiation with the owner.
These details had been included in the presentation of Bucayan during Fridayâs meeting with CAAP and DOTC higher officials.
Instead of being just a back-up apron, it will be a full set of additional facility with its own terminal so the airlines can have their respective assignments for the smooth arrival and departure systems.
The governor expressed optimism that CAAP will approve the recommendation considering its exigency while waiting for the completion of the New Bohol Airport in Panglao.
In fact, the new set of apron and terminal is expected to be bigger than the existing one.
On the other hand, Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio II announced the bidding of the main civil works for the implementation of the New Bohol Airport development and environment sustainability project has been set in March.
In fact, groups of Japanese investors are here to check the runway in Panglao from time to time as they intended to participate in the bidding.
The New Bohol Airport package includes components on sewerage disposal system, solid waste disposal system, and a stable waterworks system.
Damalerio, who leads the local project management team, also said the land acquisition has already been completed with just about 12 remaining lots up for final processing for barter.
The local team is just waiting for CAAP and DOTC to get the authority to enter into the barter agreement.
Manila Bulletin, 05 December 2013
By Kris Bayos
The Philippine government is inviting Japanese contractors to join the bidding for the P4.8-billion contract to build a new airport in Panglao Island, Bohol, a project funded by the Japanese government.
There will be a single-stage bidding procedure for the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project such that there will be no pre-qualification stage.
But the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) stressed that only Japanese contractors are eligible as prime contractor for the project and Filipinos or other nationalities can be eligible as sub-contractors.
The project, funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), covers the construction of passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, driversâ lounge, car parks, guard house, toll booths, utility and navigational aids buildings, access roads and airport infrastructure including runway strip and taxiways.
It also covers the supply and installation of water and power supply system, sewage treatment system, air navigation facilities, and aeronautical ground lighting.
Interested bidders can purchase the bid documents for $1,000. A pre-bidding conference is set on January 6 while the deadline for submission of bids is set on March 3.
The new international airport in Bohol is soon to rise in a 216-hectare land in Panglao Island and will replace the old Tagbilaran Airport.
Representatives of JICA and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines signed the official development assistance loan agreement for the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project last March 27.
According to JICA, the airport construction will be using Japanese environmental conservation technologies due to the conditions of the Japan-tied procurement.
âUnder the concept of âan eco airport,â the project will construct a new environmentally friendly airport using advanced Japanese technology, including a photovoltaic power generation system and geotextile sheets in the soaking yard to prevent airport drainage water from polluting the surrounding environment during construction,â JICA said in its website http://www.jica.go.jp.
JICA said the completion of the project expected by June 2016. âAfter the construction is completed, technical assistance will be provided for environmental protection to avoid a negative impact to the natural environment caused by the increase in tourists,â JICA added.
Business World, 03 December 2013
By K.M.P. Tubadeza
Asked during a forum in Pasay City yesterday what he wants to see a day before his term ends, the President said: “The attitude of the people, from being apathetic to really being involved, and weâre seeing that now. But in terms of concrete manifestations of the same, maybe Terminal 1 [of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport or NAIA], I think, will be finished — the refurbishing by that time.”
“Hopefully, NLEx (North Luzon Expressway) and SLEx (South Luzon Expressway) — the connector will also be up and running by that time, and the TPLEx (Tarlac-Pangasinan-La-Union Expressway),” Mr. Aquino said.
“More importantly is the airports will be substantially finishedâŠ Panglao, Mactan, and so many others,” he also said, adding that he also hoped for “at least the start of the light rail systems.”
The P1.64-billion NAIA Terminal 1 rehabilitation project entails repairing mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems, as well as retrofitting the overall structure of an airport some critics have dubbed the worldâs worst.
The Transportation department has moved the bidding for the project to this month. It was originally scheduled for Nov. 15.
The first phase of the P23.8-billion TPLEx was partially opened Oct. 30. It is a 17-kilometer road stretching from Tarlac City to Gerona in Tarlac province. It is expected to cut travel time between Manila and Baguio to two to three hours from six.
The P4.63-billion construction of a new airport in Panglao, Bohol is to replace the existing Tagbilaran Airport. The project is up for auction to Japanese contractors, according to a bulletin from the Transportation department last month.
Meanwhile, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport New Passenger Terminal project is being offered under the governmentâs public-private partnership (PPP) program. The Transportation department is currently evaluating the technical proposals submitted by seven bidders.
Light rail projects in the governmentâs pipeline include the P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension, the P62.7-billion Metro Rail Transit 7 Project, and the LRT-1 North Extension.
Rappler, 22 November 2013
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has issued an invitation to bid for the proposed P4.8-billion new airport in Panglao, Bohol.
The construction and sustainable environment protection project would replace the existing airport in the province’s capital of Tagbilaran. The province was recentlyÂ devastated by a powerful quake, and this new investment is seen to help boost its economy.
A pre-bid conference is scheduled on Jan 6, 2014, while the submission and opening of bids is scheduled on March 3, 2014.
The bidding is limited to Japanese nationals in the case of the prime contractor and other nationalities in case of the sub-contractors.
According to the DOTC, the project, funded through a concessional loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), would have 6 components:
1. General requirements including insurances, employerâs and engineerâs facilities, environment management, project and maintenance equipment;
2. The construction of access road and airport infrastructure including runway strip, runway taxiways, among others;
3. Utility works such as water supply, power supply, sewage treatment;
4. The passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, driverâs lounge, car parks toilet, guard house, among others;
5. The air navigation facilities;
6. The aeronautical ground lighting works
The DOTC said that in the case of a joint venture,the prime contractor should be Japanese and that they should contribute more than 50 percent of the total contract amount.
The bidding would be conducted through a single-stage two-envelope procedure with no pre-qualification, folliowing the applicable guidelines for procurement under Japanese official development assistance loans.
To qualify, a bidder should submit audited balance sheets or financial statements showing net worth. The company should also have a minimum average annual construction turnover of 8 billion yen and its joint venture partners should have been a subcontractor or management contractor for at least 10 years.
The Bohol airport project is part of a loan agreement signed by the Aquino government and JICA worth P23.9 billion, which was meant to fund the extension of Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2 and the construction of a new Bohol airport. -Â Rappler.com
The Bohol Standard, 15 September 2013
By Ven rebo Arigo
The new Bohol airportâs rise and the development of other airports in the country are foreseen to make the Philippines to the top one-third of the Global Competitiveness Index (GCI).
The modern international airport which will rise on Panglao island is among the major projects in the public-private partnership (PPP) program of the Aquino administration to address the countryâs infrastructure issue.
During the recent World Economic Forum (WEF), the infrastructure concern in the country floated as the most problematic among the so-called 12 pillars of economic development.
The WEF report cited the airport as one of the problematic infrastructures in the country and, according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Sec. Gregory Domingo, the implementation of priority airport projects is a key to global competitiveness.
The country placed 59th in the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report of the WEF from 65th spot in 2012 and it has to elevate to the 49th rank to be in the top one-third of the competitiveness index.
The higher slot is attainable once the countryâs state of infrastructure, especially involving airports, is raised to higher level.
Boholâs effort was intensified when Gov. Edgar Chatto on Wednesday presided another meeting of the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project (NBACSEPP) â Local Project Management Team (LPMT) at the Peopleâs Mansion.
The meeting was attended by Engr. Florencio de la Cruz, Jr. and Larry Holgado of the Department of Transportation and Communications â Project Management Office (DOTC-PMO) and consultant Yuki Todoroki of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The governor led the discussion on the progress of the various pre-construction phases of the airport project, which is set for concrete implementation next year until it is finished before the term of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III ends in 2016.
Updates were provided on the resettlement project, extent of land acquisition which includes the lot for water storage facility, monitoring system on the resettlement action plan which JICA would like to be further strengthened, and livelihood and restoration and employment plan, among other social components of the gigantic airport project.
The Bohol airport project is to be executed under a multi-year fund package involving releases from the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Philippine government counterpart.
First District Rep. Rene Relampagos said the donor entity which is the the Japanese government thru JICA finances the great bulk of the project, which costs P7.2 billion, while the Philippine government counterparts 10% of the total amount.
Of DOTCâs P48.7 billion funding next year, almost P30 billion will go to the modernization of the countryâ transport system, including the development of airports like the new one for Bohol
Over P9 billion will fund the development of air facilities, including the start of the Bohol airport construction within the second quarter of 2014.
The DOTC budget for 2014 shows an increase of over 30% which, according to Chatto, could further prove the presidentâs sincerity in assuring repeatedly the Boholanos of the realization of their dream airport after its conception over 20 years ago.
Relampagos said the tendering of the bid documents for airport works are set within the first quarter of 2014 en route to the start of projectâs concrete implementation between April and June.
The governor and congressman are coordinating in hastening the issuance from the DOTC to the winning bidder of the notice to proceed with the perimeter fencing of the airport site this year.
Relampagos, who succeeded Chatto in the chairmanship of the tourism committee in Congress, was bold and confident in saying yesterday of the airport project, âOne thing is sure. Itâs there already.â