Rappler, 27 December 2013
By: Cherry Regalado

MANILA, Philippines- The government will bid out the P2.5-billion Integrated Transport System Project-Southwest Terminal in May next year.

In an invitation to bid published in newspapers on Friday, December 27, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) invited firms interested in the terminal project to submit prequalification documents and bid proposals on or before May 15, 2014.

The Southwest Terminal will connect passengers coming from Cavite to other urban transport systems, such as the future LRT-1 South Extension, city bus, taxi and other public utility vehicles in Metro Manila.

Located at the southwestern part of Metro Manila, near the Manila-Cavite Expressway, the Southwest Terminal will have a site area of 2.9 hectares. It will have a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage handling facilities, and park-ride facilities.

The DOTC said a single-stage bidding process will be adopted for the project. This means that interested groups are required to submit prequalification documents as well as technical and financial proposals at the same time.

The issuance of bid documents costs P150,000 and will be available on January 10, 2014. A pre-bid conference will be held on February 10, 2014.

The Terminal project, which is under a Build-Operate-Transfer scheme, is the fourth Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project of the transportation department. The PPP program was launched in 2010 to create much-needed infrastructure to support the government’s goal of inclusive and sustained economic growth.

The Terminal project was one the PPP projects approved by the National Economic and Development Board, chaired by President Benigno Aquino III, last November.

The winning bidder will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the project for a period of 35 years. – Rappler.com