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BCDA sets bidding for Boni South lot

By Louella D Desiderio (The Philippine Star) Updated September 14, 2012 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - State-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) is set to hold a bidding for the 33.1-hectare Bonifacio South property after terminating the Swiss challenge for the unsolicited proposal of SM Land Inc. for the development of the area.

BCDA president and chief executive officer Arnel Paciano Casanova said in a statement yesterday they decided to set aside the unsolicited proposal of SM Land pursuant to a MalacaƱang directive.

“...the Office of the President has decided to put the development of the subject property on public bidding. In this light we regret to inform you that we are terminating the proceedings on the Competitive Challenge and shall be returning the proposal security...” the BCDA said in a letter to SM Land vice president David Rafael dated Aug. 15.

Casanova said it would be more advantageous to government to conduct an open competitive bidding for the property as such procedure would allow it to get both the best price and development for the asset.

“Transparency, which is the heart of public bidding, will ensure that everything is above board. This in turn will encourage the best bidders to compete in a level playing field,” he said.

In Aug. 2010, the BCDA asked real estate firms to submit proposals to challenge the unsolicited proposal bid of SM Land to develop the property.

The proceedings were put on hold, however, with a review by the Office of the President of the lease and other issues concerning the property.

Casanova said that while the BCDA has terminated the proceedings on the competitive challenge for SM Land’s proposal, the latter may still participate in the bidding for the property.

Earlier, SM Land committed to invest at least P20 billion in the project, with an upfront cash of P2 billion upon signing of the joint venture contract as well as secured annual revenues for 20 years totaling P25.9 billion.

Other firms that have indicated interest in the property are Ayala Land, Filinvest Land, Jones Lang La Salle- Leechiu, Megaworld, Robinsons Land and Rockwell Land.

The BCDA, board has yet to approve the terms of reference for the bidding of the property.

“We expect the open   competitive bidding of this prime property to attract the country’s top real estate developers and unlock the best value for government,” Casanova said.

The Bonifacio South property which is located along Lawton Avenue is occupied by the Army Support Command and Special Services Unit of the Philippine Army, the Bonifacio Naval Station, and the Philippine Marine Corps of the Philippine Navy.

The BCDA intends to develop the property into a medium to high density residential and mixed use area.

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