MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The government says the actual bidding for its first scheduled public-private partnership (PPP) project -- one of its smallest -- is targeted for December while awarding would be in January next year.
The Department of Public Works and Highways has started the bidding process for the Daang Hari-SLEX toll road with the first deadline in September, for pre-qualification documents. The government had said it would bid out 10 PPP projects this year.
Transport Secretary Rogelio Singson said it may take three months after the submission of pre-qualification documents before actual bids are received.
"We’re trying to hit early December for the final bid submission for this PPP project," Singson said in an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel. "We should be able to award early next year, January is our target date. So that means once submissions are made early December, we'll work during the holidays and make the final determination and award January of 2012."
The Daang Hari-SLEX moved up the list after the government shelved the July 11 bidding for the contract to operate Manila’s Metro Rail Transil 3 and Light Rail Transit 1 commuter trains. That bidding was put off after Transport Secretary Jose "Ping" de Jesus resigned and was replaced by former Senator Mar Roxas, President Aquino’s running mate in last year’s elections. Secretary Roxas said he will study whether the operation of the trains needs to be bid out all.
The government aims to start the bidding process for the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX) and the North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway (NLEX-SLEX) connector, PPP Center Executive Director Phil Torio said in a phone interview. A health-related project and DOTC projects may also be launched after Roxas reviews them, he said.
``Once we get started, dere-derecho na yan,'' he said. (``Once we get started, the pace will pick up.'')
The Daang Hari-SLEX project is a 4-kilometer toll road from Bacoor, Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway. At P1.6 billion, it’s the second smallest project in the government’s PPP list. Singson said it could be operational by end 2012.
|PPP Projects for 2010 Roll-out
|LRT 2 extension
|Puerto Princesa airport
|-- Source: PPP Center website
The announcement of the start of the bidding process came days before President Aquino's second State of the Nation Address. He had announced the program a year ago, at his first SONA.