MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) will likely integrate the bidding of two public-private partnership (PPP) projects involving the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT).
Transportation Sec. Joseph Emilio Abaya said government is keen on the proposal of the bidders to include the construction of the LRT-MRT common station to the bidding of the proposed LRT extension to Cavite.
“We want to make it part of the bid,” Abaya said.
The deadline for the submission of bids for the P65 billion LRT extension project has been moved to May 28.
Interested parties in the bidding are the tandem of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and conglomerate Ayala Corp. through the Light Rail Manila Consortium, DM Consunji Inc., Filipino-owned Megawide Construction Corp., Spanish-owned Globalvia Inversiones SAU, SMC Infra Resources Inc. of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp., Eco Rail Services Inc. of businessman Reghis Romero II, and Malaysian-owned MTD Philippines Inc.
According to Abaya, Light Rail Manila and DMCI formally sought extension in the deadline for the submission of bids.
The DOTC and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) earlier declared a failed bidding for the project after only Light Rail Manila submitted a bid out of the four prequalified bidders.
The other major proponents backed out due to concerns about the viability of the project.
Abaya said government will still shoulder the construction cost of the common station.
“The government would still spend for this. So it won’t change the cost of the project,” he said.
Abaya noted, however, that government has yet to decide on the final location of the common station.
“We are heading towards a common station be part of the LRT 1 bid but planning has yet to still to come up to me and finally decide where and the design of the common station. They have to present soon because the bidding is just around the corner,” he said.
The DOTC originally chose SM North EDSA as a possible site, but later revised the plan to include the Trinoma mall.
The proposed station will serve as a common platform to interconnect LRT-1 that runs from Baclaran to Monumento, the MRT 3 that traverses EDSA from North Avenue in Quezon City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City, and SMC’s proposed MRT-7 that will run from Caloocan City and pass through Lagro and Fairview, Novaliches, Batasan, Diliman, Philcoa, before ending at EDSA.