30 July 2013
So far 11 firms have expressed interest in the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project, purchasing the pre-qualification documents for prospective bidders after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) issued out its invitation to prequalify and bid last July 22, 2013.
As of July 26, the interested firms include San Miquel Corporation, Korea Expressway Corporation, Alloy MTD Philippines Inc., Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Limited, Megawide Engineering Excellence, Leighton Contractors (Philippines), Inc., Makati Development Corporation, AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation, EGIS Projects Developer of Infrastructure & Service, Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation, and Aboitizland, Inc.
CALAX is the third project of the DPWH under the public-private partnership mode and has, so far, the biggest project cost at 35.42 billion pesos. It involves the financing, design and construction, operation and maintenance of the entire 4-lane, 47 km closed-system tolled expressway connecting CAVITEX and SLEX. The Project will start from the CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and end at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna. The project will have interchanges in 9 locations, namely: Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Blvd., Technopark, and a Toll Barrier before SLEX.
When constructed, the CALAX project will decongest traffic along the Cavite Laguna road network as it connects the existing CAVITEX and SLEX roads, reducing the travel time from Metro Manila to the CALA area and back.
According to the project’s invitation to pre-qualify and bid, the submission of pre-qualification documents is slated for September 23, 2013. The two-stage/two envelope system for the open solicitation of bids under the Build-Operate and Transfer (BOT) Law will be applied. Bidders will first be pre-qualified based on minimum legal, technical and financial requirements set by the DPWH.