DoTC priority projects for PPP


February 15, 2012

In line with the government’s thrust for the full implementation of its public private partnership (PPP) program, the Philippine’s Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has announced its list of priority projects under the PPP framework.

Railways

Scheduled for auctions are the LRT-1 and LRT-2 contract projects. Bidding for LRT-1 project, estimated to be worth PhP35B, will commence by the first quarter of this year.

News reports say that the design plan/technical specifications for the extension of LRT-1, as well as the terms of reference, are already being evaluated by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). DOTC said that it would first bid out the design and construction contract. The winner of the bid will likewise be awarded the operations and management (O&M) contract for the expanded railway. LRT-1, the first elevated railway system that runs from Monumento to Baclaran, will be extended from Baclaran to Cavite.

Similarly, a project review for the LRT-2 project is being undertaken by NEDA. The project will also include the design and construction contract and the O&M contract. The LRT-2 project is expected to be tendered by second half of the year.

Also up for bidding is the expansion, management and upgrade of the existing capacity of Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3.

On the other hand, the announcement was questioned by Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC). MPIC claims that it has “exclusive right to operate, maintain and expand the EDSA railway system” under the build-lease-transfer agreement that Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC), the concessionaire of MRT 3, entered into with the government. MPIC owns 48 percent of MRTC which it acquired from the Fil-Estate Group.

In spite of this, the notice already attracted two of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines, Ayala Corporation and San Miguel Corporation.

Airports

Bids will also be solicited for the O&M contract for the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental on the second half of 2012.

The construction of the airport is expected to be completed by December of this year. The contract will be awarded to the winning bidder in the third or fourth quarter of this year prior to the turn-over of the facility to the government.

Also in the pipeline are the PhP2.5B Mactan-Cebu International Airport Passenger Terminal Building expansion; PhP4.6B Puerto Princesa Airport; the PhP6.6B New Legaspi Airport development and the New Bohol (Panglao) International Airport.

Expressways

Last year, the government received an unsolicited proposal for the construction of NLEX-SLEX connector from Manila North Tollways Corp. (MNTC). The project is an elevated expressway linking the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). The 13.24 km expressway will run above the 10.54 km Philippine National Railways tracks, thus, the government will need only to acquire 6.6 km right-of-way.

The CALA Expressway (Cavite and Laguna Side) is also in the offing for the 2012. The project, worth PhP19.69B, is a 27.2-km highway that will connect Bacoor and Dasmariñas, link it to the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road in the north to the proposed East-West Cavite-Laguna Expressway in the south.



Source: Phil. Daily Inquirer