InterAksyon, 15 December 2014
By Darwin G. Amojelar
MANILA – (UPDATED 3:28 p.m.) The operations and maintenance (O&M) of six airports will be bundled into two contracts that will be auctioned off under the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.
In a bid bulletin, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) identified the following airports and their corresponding budgets:
- P20.26 billion Bacolod-Silay International Airport,
- P30.4 billion Iloilo International Airport,
- P14.02 billion Laguindingan Airport,
- P4.57 billion New Bohol (Panglao) Airport,
- P5.81 billion Puerto Princesa Airport, and
- P40.57 billion, Davao International Airport.
Under the proposed concession for the six airport projects, the private sector proponent should take over the operations and maintenance, undertake immediate expansion of the passenger terminal building, apron, other airside and landside facilities and any capacity augmentation of the airport that may be required to cater to future demand throughout the contractual term.
In addition, the O&M for the New Bohol (Panglao) and the Puerto Princesa irports would be turned over to the private sector proponent upon completion of construction.
“The proponent shall also be required to develop/expand capacity to cater to future demand throughout the contractual term,” DOTC said.
The DOTC said the instructions to prospective bidders will be available in February.
“The intention is still to bundle the airports, but that will depend largely on the inputs of interested groups during the process prior to bidding itself. Preliminarily, the [bids and awards committee] is considering bundling them geographically: East (Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Bacolod) and West (Bohol, Laguindingan, Bacolod),” Michael Arthur Sagcal, DOTC spokesperson said.
Earlier, the government bid out the Mactan Cebu International Airport project, the contract for which was bagged by the Megawide-GMR Infrastructure consortium.