MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) may conduct a rebidding for the P350-million consultancy contract for the LRT 2 Masinag Extension project.
The DOTC noted only one prospective bidder managed to obtain a business permit in time for the submission of eligibility documents.
The DOTC last December sought prospective bids for the consultancy contract for the project. The original deadline for submission and opening of eligibility documents was January 7.
Based on the bidding rules, the DOTC-Bids and Awards Committee should come up with a list of 5 prospective bidders from those who have submitted Expression of Interest and eligibility documents and have been determined as eligible in accordance with the provisions of the Government Procurement Reform Act.
"Unfortunately, only one of the companies which purchased eligibility documents qualified, because the 4 other bidders failed to renew their 2013 mayor’s permits at the time of submission of eligibility documents," DOTC said in a statement.
"Under procurement law, the government can declare a failure of bid and rebid the project when only one entity is shortlisted, in order to foster more competition."
The LRT 2 Masinag Extension Project involves extending the existing 13.8-kilometer system by 4.2 kilometers eastward from the existing Santolan Station on Marcos Highway in Pasig City.
Two additional stations will be constructed along with the elevated viaduct that connects them from Santolan Station to its new terminal at the intersection of Marcos Highway and Sumulong Highway in Masinag, Cainta, Rizal.