DOTC extends bid deadline for P60-B LRT project

By Lawrence Agcaoili, The Philippine Star

Posted at Aug 18 2012 11:20 AM | Updated as of Aug 19 2012 07:43 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration is giving interested bidders in the proposed P60 billion Light Rail Transit extension to Cavite more time to prepare their bids as the deadline for the bidding has been extended by a month.

In a special bid bulletin, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has moved the deadline for the submission of qualification documents to September 28 instead of the original schedule of August 22.

“In response to the request of several prospective bidders for more time to prepare the qualification documents and in light of the recent revisions to the instructions to prospective bidders, the qualification documents submission date is extended to September 28,” the DOTC said.

The Cavite extension project would increase the span of Line 1 from 20.7 kilometers to 32.4 kilometers and will have a new south endpoint in Niog, Bacoor, Cavite. The extension includes eight stations (with provision for two future stations), 10.5 kilometers of viaduct, support beams, and 3 intermodal facilities.

Approximately 10.5 kilometers of the Cavite extension system would be elevated and 1.2 kilometers would be at grade level. The government has set aside P30 billion to acquire up to 39 new Light Rail Vehicles for this project.

The extension would open up the Line 1 services to the nearly four million residents of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and the Province of Cavite.

Conglomerates present during the investors’ briefing and pre-qualification conference last July 10 included First Pacific and affiliate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), San Miguel Infrastructure, Ayala-controlled Makati Development Corp, FF Cruz, and DMCI.

Foreign companies represented during the meeting were Japanese-owned Marubeni, Sumitomo, Mitsubishi, Itochu as well as French transportation contractors RATP Dev and Systa as well as Ecorail and Leighton Contractors.

Banks present during the conference were Ayala-controlled Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), BDO Universal Bank of retail magnate Henry Sy, PNB Capital of banking and beverage tycoon Lucio Tan, China Bank, and Dutch financial giant ING Bank, and American-owned Citi.

The Manila Line 1 project would bid out the operations and maintenance of the existing LRT Line 1 system, the construction of the Line 1 Cavite Extension, and the O&M of both existing and extension as an integrated system.

The construction of the tracks, the stations and all its attendant facilities, as well as O&M, worth about P30 billion, would be bidded out. The other half of the P60-billion project, which includes the purchase of the coaches, would come from the government through official development assistance (ODA).