MANILA, Philippines - Fourteen more firms, including conglomerate Ayala Corp., have formalized their intention on Thursday to join the bid for the operation and management (O&M) contract of the MRT3 (Metro Rail Transit3) and LRT1 (Light Rail Transit line1).
This brings to 24 the number of local and international firms that are vying for the 4-year O&M contract (extendable for 1 year) to maintain and operate the railway systems in the country's capital.
As of 3 p.m. on April 14 , Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPIC), which has claimed control of operator MRT Corp, has not yet submitted its written request, a requirement before the DOTC confirms that the company is eligible to bid.
The deadline for submission of the written request is on Friday, April 15.
The DOTC is reportedly not keen on extending the deadline.
The following have been reported to have formalized in writing their interest to bid:
- Ayala Corp.
- Veolia of Beijing
- Marubeni Corp.
- Mitsubishi Corp.
- CAF of Spain
- Strategic Industries Alcatel-Lucent
- DM Consunji Inc.
- Sumitomo Corp.
- Serco of England
- Autre Porte Technique Global, Inc.
- MIESCORRAIL INC.
- First Balfour, Inc.
- Abratique&Assoc, Phil, Inc.
- Strategic Alliance Holdings Inc.
- Federal Mgmt & Maintenance, Inc.
- Optimal Infrastructure Development, Inc.
- Gracia Y Caridad Ministry Foundation
- PMP Inc.
Optimal Infrastructure is 99.9% owned by San Miguel Holdings Corp. Ramon Ang, the president of diversifying conglomerate San Miguel Corporation, sits in as chairman of Optimal Infrastructure.
First Balfour is a fully-owned subsidiary of First Philippine Holdings Corp. of the Lopez group. It was awarded a contract in 2008 to build the LRT North Extension project together with D.M. Consunji Inc. The company also became part of the consortium of local contractors that won the bid to construct the Tarlac-La Union expressway.
MIESCORRAIL is a subsidiary of Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corp.
Autre Porte Technique offers complete railway solutions and is touted as one of the fastest growing railway service provider in the country. It holds office in Makati.
Abratique&Assoc, Phil., Inc. is a professional civil and traffic engineering firm of consultants specializing in the design, deployment and maintenance of advance traffic control.
Strategic alliance is engaged in large infrastructure projects, including Skyway, Star Tollway, and automated election in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.
PMP Inc. is a service supply company specializing in the public mass transport sector.
Meanwhile Ayala Corp., was originally part of the consortium that won the build-lease-transfer (BLT) contract for MRT-3. The group sold their stake in the consortium.
More entities are expected to join today.
Any firm or entity interested in the project must submit formal expression of interest not later than April 15, accompanied by payment of a non-refundable fee of P10,000.
Only those that have duly submitted their respective formal expressions of interest and paid the required fee on time will be issued eligibility documents by the committee.
The procurement of the required services shall be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures provided for by Republic Act (RA) No. 9184, otherwise known as the "Government Procurement Reform Act" and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
The DOTC will also issue tender documents to entities found eligible to participate in the tender stage.
The schedule of submission of eligibility applications and tender documents shall be provided by the agency later to those which have submitted formal expressions of interests.
Whoever wins in the auction will have the right to expand and operate the LRT line and MRT3. This approach is geared towards achieving an integrated LRT1/MRT3 privatization.