MANILA-- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is now inviting bidders for the development, operations and maintenance of five airport projects namely, theBacolod-Silay International Airport, the Davao International Airport, the Iloilo International Airport, the Laguindingan Airport, and the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.
All five projects have a combined cost of PHP108.18 billion.
The DOTr, through an invitation to prequalify and bid (ITPQB) published Tuesday, will bid out the five regional airport projects after the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) approved the unbundling of their airport PPP deals last November 14, 2016.
The bidding will be conducted through a two stage/two envelope system under the Build Operate and Transfer Law.
Bidders are first prequalified based on their legal, technical and financial requirements set by the DOTr and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
Pre-qualified bidders may proceed to the next stage of the bidding process wherein they will submit their technical and financial proposals to be evaluated by the Pre-qualification, Bids and Awards Committee.
The invitation documents can be purchased by interested bidders for PHP300, 000, which include the ITPQB, Project Information Memoranda, and the Instruction to Prospective Bidders.
The Transportation department said the project is open to new bidders aside from previous pre-qualified bidders.
Previously pre-qualified bidders include Filinvest-Jatco-Sojitz Consortium (composed of Filinvest Development Corporation; Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd; Sojitz Corporation), GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Consortium (composed of Megawide Construction Corporation; GMR Infrastructure (Singapore) Pte. Limited (GISPL)), Maya Consortium (Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc; VINCI Airports SAS), Philippine Airports Consortium (Metro Pacific Investments Corporation; Philippines Airport Management Company) and SMHC-IIAC Airport Consortium (San Miguel Holdings Corporation; Incheon International Airport Corporation).
Previously, pre-qualified bidders in the bundled projects are also considered prequalified in the unbundled projects provided that there are no changes in their technical, legal and financial capacity.
"These PPP projects aim to improve the services of the regional airports by allowing its private sector partner to handle its operation and maintenance including the enhancement of its airside and landside facilities. This is in line with the government's plan to develop international gateways in the countryside," the PPP Center said in a statement.
DOTr Undersecretary for the Air Sector Roberto Lim earlier said that the regional airport project was unbundled from two bundles to five projects. He also related that the DOTr expects to roll out the invitation for the project within the first quarter of the year.
The Aquino administration rolled out the regional airports project but was unable to bid this out.
When the project was offered for bidding during the previous administration, it had two bundles. Bundle 1 was composed of the Iloilo Airport and Bacolod-Silay Airport while Bundle 2 covered the Davao Airport, New Bohol (Panglao) Airport and the Laguindingan Airport.
The winning private firm for each bundle would handle the operations and maintenance of the airports and undertake the expansion of the facilities. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency