Mactan-Cebu airport project not yet awarded: DOTC

Posted at 03/21/14 7:16 PM

MANILA – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Friday said it has yet to award the P17.5 billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport expansion project to top bidder GMR-Megawide.

DOTC spokesperson Atty. Michael Arthur Sagcal said the agency is still evaluating the compliance of the tandem of Filipino-owned Megawide Construction Corp. and Bangalore-based GMR Airports for the project.

“The DOTC Special PBAC [pre-qualification bids and awards committee] is still settling the issues raised in relation to the qualification and capacity of the involved bidders. There is no decision yet as to which group will win the contract. No recommendation has been made to the Secretary,” Sagcal said.

He said the special committee is still studying the issues raised by the Filinvest Group against Megawide and its Indian partner.

“The Special PBAC still intends to close out the issues by the end of this month, but it is being thorough in resolving the matter to ensure that its decision will be in accordance with what the law and the rules alone prescribe," he said.

The DOTC will make an official announcement once the contract has been awarded, Sagcal added.

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center executive director Cosette Canilao, meanwhile, has denied pre-empting the announcement of the DOTC on the awarding of the multi-billion-peso contract.

The PPP Center said it is continuing to maintain its objectivity and transparency as it has done so from the start of the bidding process for the airport project.

Canilao was criticized by Senator Sergio Osmena III for allegedly naming the supposed winning bid before the DOTC’s announcement.

In a statement released Thursday, the lawmaker said, “It is highly irregular that Ms. Canilao has taken it upon herself to speak with authority that the DOTC is set to award the project to GMR-Megawide before the end of the month, even prior to the PBAC's submission of its findings and recommendations to the MCIAA board.”