MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has decided to bundle the design of the proposed Metro Rail Transit - Light Rail Transit (MRT-LRT) common station to the rebidding of the P65-billion LRT line 1 Cavite extension project next month.
DOTC undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said the winning concessionaire of the public private partnership (PPP) project would also get the right to design the common station.
“They will be allowed to present their plans because they want to design the common station,” Lotilla said.
The DOTC has decided to extend the deadline for the submission of bids for the P65 billion LRT1 Cavite extension project by another month to May 28 instead of April 28.
The groups interested in joining the bidding include the tandem of infrastructure giant Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and conglomerate Ayala Corp. through the Light Rail Manila Consortium, construction giant 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.
Lotilla clarified that the government would have to bid out a separate contract for the construction of the proposed P1.4 billion common station.
“We have to bid out the contract for the construction because the government will shoulder the construction costs,” he added.
It would be recalled that the DOTC and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) declared a failed bidding after only one of the four prequalified bidders - Light Rail Manila Consortium - submitted a bid last Aug. 15 while other major proponents backed out due to concerns about the viability of the project.
DOTC undersecretary Rene Limcaoco earlier said the agency is set to issue a bulletin naming the Trinoma Mall owned by property giant Ayala Land Inc. in Quezon City instead of the SM North Edsa as the site of the proposed common station.
Limcaoco said the government could save as much as P1 billion if the MRT-LRT common station is constructed near the Trinoma Mall instead of the earlier planned SM City North Edsa.
The DOTC originally picked SM North EDSA as the site of the proposed common station but later revised the plan and transferred the site near the Trinoma mall.
Mall giant SM Prime Holdings Inc. of retail magnate Henry Sy already paid P200 million to state-run Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) for the naming rights of the common station.
SM Prime could keep its naming rights despite the transfer of the station to Trinoma.