DPWH yet to resolve issues in CALAX project

Posted at 06/06/14 6:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has yet to come up with a decision on the issues raised by prequalified bidders in the proposed Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) project against another prequalified bidder San Miguel Corp. (SMC).

PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) will hold another meeting on Monday to discuss legal and technical issues raised by Malaysia's Alloy MTD Philippines, Team Orion of Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Group, and MPCALA Holdings Inc. of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC).

"There will be another [meeting]," said Canilao.

After submitting bids on Monday, the three bidders questioned the compliance of SMC’s Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc. with the bidding rules, particularly on bid security.

The groups said SMC committed violations in its bid and should be disqualified.

But SMC maintained that its bid security for the project is fully compliant with the bidding rules.

“We are compliant. We have a very competitive bid and we are confident we can give government the best deal for the benefit of the taxpayers and the country,” Raoul Romulo, authorized representative of Optimal Infrastructure, said in a statement.

Romulo added that the issues raised by its rival bidders are "insignificant" and will not change the overall financial bid.

The P35.4 billion, 44.6-kilometer project will connect Cavite and Laguna directly, helping reduce travel time in the area.

The project involves the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the expressway project that starts from Cavite Expressway in Kawit and ends at Mamplasan interchange of South Luzon Expressway in Biñan, Laguna.