MANILA, Philippines - Four companies, including San Miguel Corp. and a consortium led by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp., on Monday submitted documents to qualify as bidders for the P60-billion Light Rail Transit line 1 Cavite extension project.
The LRT project will extend the existing 20.7-kilometer Line 1 system, which currently runs from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran, by an additional 11.7 km to Bacoor, Cavite.
The Light Rail Manila Consortium of MPIC and Ayala groups, San Miguel's SMC Infra Resources Inc., DMCI Holdings, Inc. and MTDC-Samsung Consortium submitted the qualification requirements, which will be evaluated by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) bids and awards committee.
However, two companies, Ecorail and Luzon Rail Transit System, were disqualified from the bidding since they submitted the documents after the 2 p.m. deadline.
"There are very clear provisions in the invitation to prequalify. It's an all-or-nothing proposition. We decided not to accept the two bids of Ecorail and Luzon Rail for failure to submit their requirements on time," said DOTC Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla.
The DOTC bids and awards committee opened the pre-qualification documents submitted by the firms to check whether they have complied with the requirements, and were later resealed. The committee will evaluate the documents and finish within 2 weeks.
The Light Rail Manila Consortium is composed of MPIC, Ayala Corp., AC Infra Holdings Corp., Macquarie Infra Holdings (Phils) Pte Ltd., Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp. and RATP Devt. S.A.
MTDC-Samsung is led by Malaysia's MTD Capital Bhd of Malaysia and South Korea's Samsung. Other members include Union Equities Inc., DM Wenceslao & Associates Inc., Primewater Infra Corp.