Abaya vows level playing field in PPPs


Posted at Jul 03 2014 09:29 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2014 05:30 AM

MANILA – Government will continue to ensure that there is a level playing field in the bidding of public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects, Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said.

"What is important in keeping the faith of all the bidders is the assurance and the perception that the field continues to remain level," he said.

Abaya remains confident that despite the slew of cases being filed by losing and disqualified bidders, investors will still show interest and participate in the bidding of other major infrastructure projects.

SM Prime Holdings Inc. has filed a civil case against the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Light Rail Transit Authority to prevent the government from issuing a Notice of Award on the LRT-Line 1 Cavite extension project.

A consortium led by Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC) and Ayala Corp. is the lone bidder for the project.

A shareholder of the Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) has also opposed the awarding of a P3.8-billion contract to Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Co. of China for the supply of 48 brand new trains for the MRT-3.

The awarding of the Cavite Laguna expressway (CALAX) project has also been suspended indefinitely due to a pending appeal by disqualified bidder San Miguel Corp.

The highest bidder in the project is the consortium of Aboitiz Land and Ayala Corp.