03 September 2014
The PHP 4 Billion transport terminal to be constructed south of Metro Manila has sparked interest from the country’s biggest investors. Prospective bidders Ayala Land, San Miguel Corp., Datem Construction, Filinvest, and Megawide are set to attend the pre-qualification (PQ) conference for the Integrated Transport System – South Terminal of the Department of Transportation and Communications this Wednesday, September 3. All five investors are currently in the process of preparing their PQ documents which they will submit on October 2014.
ITS-South is one of the two transport terminals up for bidding under the PPP program. Recently, the DOTC issued its Invitation to Prequalify and Bid for the Integrated Transport System Southwest Terminal last July 2014. The ITS Southwest Terminal drew the interest of prospective bidders Ayala Land Inc., San Miguel Corp., Metro Pacific, D.M. Wenceslao and Associates Inc., Robinsons Land, Megawide, Filinvest, Ayala Corporation, State Properties, and Expedition Construction Corp. to construct the PHP 2.5 billion terminal.
The construction of the terminals is a result of Administrative Order No. 40, mandating the DOTC to operationalize the permanent ITS terminals. With the terminal in operation, it will help maximize road use by reducing the volume of vehicles plying EDSA, improving traffic conditions.
The terminals will interconnect the different transport modes and services. Specifically, the South Terminal will connect passengers from the Laguna/Batangas side to other urban transport systems such as the future North-South Commuter Rail (currently the Philippine National Railways), city buses, taxis and other public utility vehicles that serve inner Metro Manila. The terminal will include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage holding facilities and park-ride facilities.