Consortium starts preparatory works for LRT 2 Masinag railway extension

By Lorenz S. Marasigan, BusinessMirror

Posted at May 03 2014 10:01 AM | Updated as of May 03 2014 06:01 PM

MANILA - The South Korean consortium which won the multimillion-peso contract for the consultancy services of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT 2) East Extension Project has commenced preparatory works for the railway-expansion deal.

Foresight Development & Surveying Co., Soosung Engineering Co. Ltd. and Korea Rail Network Authority Consortium has started implementing the said project following the issuance of the notice to proceed last month.

The South Korean consortium won the deal last December 27, offering to do the project for P240.77 million. The bid was lower compared to the approved budget cost of P350 million. The project involves the review for the civil works of the expansion railway program.

Earlier, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya said the following also joined the auction for the contract, namely J.F. Cancio and Associates, in association with Development Engineering and Management Corp., Engineering and Development Corp. of the Philippines, Filipinas Dravo Corp., TCGI Engineers, Urban Integrated Consultants Inc. and Oriental Consultants Co. Ltd.

Schema Konsult Inc., in association with Pertconsult International, KE Asia Inc., DCCD Engineering Corp., Key Engineers Co., and Proconsult Inc.

Systra Philippines, in association with Philipps Technical Consultants Corp.; and Science and Vision for Technology Inc., in association with Yooshin Engineering Corp.

The project was originally offered earlier in 2012, but the Transportation department was forced to declare a failure of bidding in February last year when only one of the interested parties was able to meet the eligibility requirements of Republic Act 9184, or the procurement law.

The LRT 2 East (Masinag) Extension Project entails the extension of the existing 13.8-kilometer system from Santolan, Pasig City, to the intersection of the Marcos and Sumulong Highways in Rizal. It will serve an additional 130,000 train commuters from the current number of 240,000.