by Emmie V. Abadilla
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is now inviting bidders for the development, operations, and maintenance of five unbundled airport projects – Bacolod-Silay, Davao, Iloilo, Laguindingan and New Bohol (Panglao) under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.
A couple of months ago, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approved the unbundling of the airport PPP deals. The bidding of the five airports will be conducted through the two-stage/two-envelope system under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law.
In this process, the bidders are first pre-qualified based on their legal, technical, and financial requirements set by the DOTr and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
Only pre-qualified bidders can proceed to the next stage of the bidding process where they will submit their technical and financial proposals which will be evaluated by the Pre-qualification, Bids and Awards Committee.
The invitation documents can be purchased by the interested bidders for P300,000.00 which include the invitation to pre-qualify and bid (ITPQB), Project Information Memoranda and the Instruction to Prospective Bidders.
The ITPQB was published January 24.
Aside from the previous pre-qualified bidders, the project is now open to new bidders as well, the DOTr announced.
Previously pre-qualified bidders include Filinvest-Jatco-Sojitz Consortium (composed of Filinvest Development Corporation; Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd; Sojitz Corporation), GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Consortium (composed of Megawide Construction Corporation; GMR Infrastructure (Singapore) Pte. Limited (GISPL)), Maya Consortium (Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc; VINCI Airports SAS), Philippine Airports Consortium (Metro Pacific Investments Corporation; Philippines Airport Management Company) and SMHC-IIAC Airport Consortium (San Miguel Holdings Corporation; Incheon International Airport Corporation)
The DOTr clarified that previously pre-qualified bidders in the bundled projects are also considered pre-qualified in the unbundled projects, provided that there are no changes in their legal, technical, and financial capacity.
These PPP projects seek to improve the services of the regional airports by allowing private sector partners to handle their operation and maintenance, including the enhancement of airside and landside facilities.