MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is mulling a new deadline for the submission of bids for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project.
Cosette Canilao, executive director of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center, said the DPWH is set to issue a bid bulletin to announce the new deadline for the bid submission.
“There are requests from the bidders for more time so the DPWH is deliberating on the deadline for the bid submissions to accommodate the bidders,” Canilao said.
She noted that there is a same set of bidders for the proposed P35.4 billion Cavite-Laguna expressway, the P65 billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite extension project, and the P2.5 billion Integrated Transport System.
“We have almost similar projects for the three projects LRT1, Calax and ITS. So I suppose there are still hanging issues that they want resolved and they want to understand some more, hence they are requesting for the push back in the submission,” said Canilao.
Public Works Usec. Rafael Yabut earlier issued Supplemental Bid Bulletin No. 12 extending the deadline for the submission of bid proposal to April 21 instead of January 20.
MTD Philippines president Engr. Isaac David, meanwhile, said they are seeking a one- or two-week extension for the submission of bids for the CALAX project because of the holidays during the Holy Week.
“April 21 is the Monday after Easter Sunday and our documents will be coming from Malaysia, and every document has to be Consularized,” David said.
The proposed 47-kilometer closed-system tolled expressway will start from the CAVITEX in Kawit, Cavite and end at the SLEX-Mamplasan Interchange in Biñan, Laguna.