Villar calls for Daang Hari rebidding if Ayala insists on mall
MANILA, Philippines - Vista Land & Lifescapes chairman Manuel B. Villar said the company is not the cause of any delays in the Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) Link project being undertaken by Ayala Corp.
Villar said the company would have no problem with the public private partnership (PPP) project if only the winning contractor did not change the plans.
If Ayala insists on changing the design of the project, Villar said the governmnent should conduct a rebidding.
"Kung in order yan and walang change sa plans, walang problem. They should stick to the plan. Yun ang bidding talaga. Pag binago mo, kailangan mag-rebidding. We're not the cause of the delay," Villar said during the property developer's briefing.
The Daang Hari-SLEx Link Road, whose contract was awarded to Ayala, is the first PPP project of the Aquino administration but has been hobbled by delays. The road provides direct access between the SLEx and Daang Hari road which spans Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Bacoor and aims to decongest traffic.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson had earlier told ABS-CBN News the delay in the was caused by Ayala's insistence on building a strip mall along the link road, a portion of which passes through property owned by Vista Land's Brittany Corp.
"Brittany is not responsible for the delay of this project. Any delays are due to the way process was conducted, and perhaps changes in plans that were initiated at the late stage," Vista Land president and CEO Manuel Paolo Villar said.
Former Senator Villar added that the company wants to make sure Ayala's plans for Daang Hari-SLEx are done legally and are provided for in the original contract.
"We have no concern about other developers' plans as long as they're done legally and they're in order... There's no problem. It's a huge area, it's like a new city. The whole area is more than a thousand hectares, not just ours but the entire development," the elder Villar said.
Vista Land is developing Evia, a master-planned city in Daang Hari. Villar's StarMalls is planning to build a mall in the area as well.
For its part, Ayala insisted they are allowed to put up a commercial establishment under the concession agreement for the Daang Hari-SLEx link road project.
Villar noted that Ayala also had problems with San Miguel Corp., which operates the SLEx.
"I understand before, nagkaroon sila ng problema sa SLEx. This is the same Daang-Hari extension they were having problems with SMC on the SLEx because they're changing the plans. And I think the problem is similar to Daang Hari, yun pagbabago sa plano. Kung wala naman pagbabago sa plano, wala naman siguro problema," the former Senator said.