By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat
The government is seeking bidders for the ₱45.361 billion worth of EPC (engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning) contract for the Subic-Clark Railway Project (SCRP), which will be funded through loans from the People’s Republic of China.
In an invitation to bid for the SCRP posted on the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) website, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) stated that any bids received in excess of the approved budget for the contract of ₱45,361,366,040.29 shall be automatically rejected at bid opening. The project is intended for completion 42 months from the commencement date of the contract.
It also said that the government of China will shortlist the bidders and only those shortlisted may obtain further information from the Special Bids and Awards Committee.
The SCRP spans approximately 71-kiometer rail freight connection between Subic Bay Freeport Zone and Clark Freeport Zone with three freight terminals containers handling and one depot at Clark Freeport Zone for maintenance and stabling of rolling stocks.
To qualify, bidders should have completed within 10 years a similar contract with the SCRP. The contract shall be awarded to the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bidder which was determined as such during the post-qualification in accordance with 2916 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) No. 9184 otherwise known as the “Government Procurement Reform Act.”
For the detailed evaluation of the proposals, a two-step procedure shall be adopted by the Special Bids and Awards Committee. Only bids that passed the technical proposals criteria shall be subjected to the second step of evaluation or the opening of financial proposals.
A pre-bidding conference for the SCRP is scheduled on Friday, January 10 this year at 10 a.m. at the Procurement Service Conference Room of the Department of Budget and Management in Paco, Manila.
Deadline of submission and receipt of bids is set on February 6, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the same venue to be followed immediately by the opening of bids for both eligibility and technical documents.
Bids will be opened in the presence of bidders’ representatives.
The DOTr through the PS reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, in accordance with Section 41 of RA No. 9184 and its IRR, without thereby any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.