MANILA – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will disqualify bidders with pending cases against the government in the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension project.
In its Special Bid Bulletin 01-2014, DOTC said it has amended rules in the instructions to bidder.
The new rules state that any bidder with an "outstanding dispute with the government" may be disqualified if the case is considered detrimental to the P65 billion project.
Section 16.68 of the revised instructions defines "outstanding dispute with the government" as any pending judicial, administrative or alternative dispute resolution or blacklisting proceedings, between the bidder, any consortium member, their affiliates, or contractor proposed by the bidder of the consortium, on the one hand, and the national government, any of its offices, agencies or instrumentalities, or any government-owned or controlled corporation.
The DOTC added that the dispute could arise out of or in connection with any bidding project or contract of the national government, any of its instrumentalities or any government-owned and -controlled corporation (GOCC) intended to provide a critical basic necessity and of paramount public interest and importance.
Interested bidders are given until April 28 to submit their bids for a single-stage bidding, wherein interested parties are required to submit qualification documents and technical and financial proposals.
Among the companies expected to join the rebidding are Ayala Corp. and MPIC through the Light Rail Manila consortium, SMC Infra, DMCI Holdings, Megawide Construction Corp., MTD Philippines Inc., Ecorail Transport Service Inc., and Globalvia Inversiones.