Posted on January 15, 2015 11:09:00 PM
THE SUBMISSION of bids for the P4-billion deal to build an integrated transport hub near the Food Terminal, Inc. (FTI) in Taguig City was postponed by one-and-a-half months until June 1, a bid bulletin showed, giving prospective bidders more time to beef up their offer.
AN ARTIST’s rendition of the P4-billion transport hub near the formerly agro-industrial Food Terminal, Inc. that will make it easier for South Luzon-based commuters to get a ride to Manila. -- PPP.GOV.PH
The government initially looked to put the Integrated Transport System (ITS)-South Terminal Project on the auction block on April 13, but Ayala Land, Inc.; Datem, Inc.; Filinvest Land, Inc.; and Megawide Construction Corp. subsidiary MWM Terminals wanted a new date.
All four companies made it to the short list of those that are qualified to bid for the contract, that will include the design, construction and operation for 35 years of a terminal servicing Manila-bound commuters coming from Laguna and Batangas.
The postponement is “due to request of potential bidders to extend the submission date from April 13, 2015 to a date, which is 11 months after the issuance of the bid documents,” Transportation Undersecretary for Legal Affairs Jose Perpetuo M. Lotilla said in Special Bid Bulletin No. 03-2015.
The government set a two-stage bidding process for the contract, which meant the qualification documents are opened separately from the financial and technical proposals.
The project is one of the dozens under the public-private partnership (PPP) program that the government hopes to award as the term of President Benigno S. C. Aquino III enters its final stretch.
A project brief of the PPP Center showed the ITS-South terminal will give commuters from Laguna and Batangas access to other transport systems, such as the future North-South Commuter Railway project.
It was not the first time the government moved the bidding date for the P4-billion PPP deal. The Transportation department first set late March as the bidding date, but later postponed it to April 13 after extending the deadline for submission of qualification documents in November.
Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. and property developer Robinsons Land earlier bought bid documents but did not pursue prequalification.
The Department of Transportation and Communications is building other integrated transport hubs in northern and south-western Metro Manila.
It successfully auctioned off the ITS-Southwest project, which will build a terminal for commuters in the Cavite area. The Megawide Construction Corp. emerged as the highest bidder, outdoing Filinvest’s offer. The government has yet to formally announce the winning bidder for the ITS-Southwest contract.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya told reporters last month that the department is studying a site near the Veterans Memorial Medical Center for a third transport hub, the ITS-North terminal. Apart from that site, other prospective locations are the former Manila Seedling Bank, the Philippine National Railways site in Caloocan City and the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. -- Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz