Rebidding of LRT 1 Cavite extension likely
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is likely to order the rebidding of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT1) Cavite extension next week.
This after only one bidder submitted a non-compliant bid last August 15.
In a statement, the DOTC said the joint special bids and awards committee and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) is seen to pass a resolution ordering the rebidding of the LRT 1 Cavite extension project. The resolution will be submitted to Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya next week, as the committee failed to meet this week due to the heavy rains and floods.
"An option to move the project forward under the Build-Operate-and-Transfer Law is to re-bid it. In case of a re-bidding, a single-stage process is possible in order to meet the project’s original deadlines. Once the SBAC’s recommendation is approved, the DOTC will announce the next steps for the bidding of the project to the public," the DOTC said.
Only the Light Rail Manila Consortium led by Metro Pacific Investments Corp. submitted its technical and financial proposal for the LRT 1 Cavite extension project, but this was seen as "non-compliant" by the SBAC.
Other prequalified bidders, MTD-Samsung Group, San Miguel Infrastructure Resources Inc., and DMCI Holdings Inc. withdrew their participation in the bidding process.
The project is the DOTC's first public-private partnership (PPP) project. It will extend the current LRT-1 line from its present end-station in Baclaran to parts of Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Cavite.
Of the project's P60 billion cost, the government is spending P30 billion for the acquisition of 39 new light rail vehicles for the project through an official development assistance loan from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The civil works cost, estimated at P30 billion, is being auctioned to the private sector.