PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS for the P298-million deal to upgrade the information technology (IT) infrastructure of the Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have three more weeks to prepare for qualification, the board said.
“In order to give bidders sufficient time to prepare their bids, please be advised that the Qualification Documents Submission Date scheduled on 12 October 2015 is moved to 30 October 2015…,” LTFRB Chairman Winston F. Ginez said in General Bid Bulletin No.: 05-2015 dated Oct. 9.
The opening of the documents for the public-private partnership (PPP) project will be held on the same day, he said.
The preliminary auction timetable for the Road Transport IT Infrastructure Project (Phase II) indicates that financial bidding documents will be issued in January next year, bid proposals will be submitted and opened in February, and the notice of award will be issued in March.
The project has attracted at least 20 companies: Accenture, Inc.; Exakt, Inc.; Indra Philippines; Infotech Group; Oracle Corp.; Pilipinas Micro-Matrix Technology, Inc.; Sopra Steria; Syntel, Inc.; Tech Mahindra Ltd.; Voyager Solutions; Wipro Philippines; International Business Machines Corp.; Stradcom Corp.; IL&FS Technologies Philippines, Inc.; Dagang Net Technologies Sdn Bhd; Hewlett-Packard Philippines; Redshift Global Technologies Corp.; Trends & Technologies, Inc.; Questronix Corp. and e-PLDT.
“Computerization efforts will help clean up existing data of the LTFRB, enhance data collection and processing,” the PPP Center said in July.
The proposed concession period is 11.5 years, including 1.5 years for the installation, development of applications, and set up, according to the invitation to bid.
The project is “smaller than other PPP projects,” PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao said in September.
Ten PPP deals have been awarded since the program was launched in 2010: the P1.72-billion Automatic Fare Collection System, the P2.01-billion Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway Link Road Project, the P2.50-billion Southwest Integrated Transport System Project, the P8.69-billion Modernization of Philippine Orthopedic Center project, the P15.86-billion second phase of the NAIA Expressway Project, the P16.43-billion first phase of the PPP for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP), PSIP’s P3.86-billion second phase, the P17.52-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport Passenger Terminal Building, the P55.51-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway, and the P64.9-billion LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension and Operation & Maintenance project.
“Though this project is smaller than our other PPP projects, we will apply the same rigor getting the best value for money for the government and for the public and at the same time,” she said.
11 October 2015
By Daphne J. Magturo