DOTC declares bidding for LRT project a 'failure'
Rebidding eyed in 4th quarter
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has declared a failed bidding for the Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite extension project.
DOTC Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said the joint bids and awards committee has issued a resolution declared the August 15 bidding a failure.
Only one group, the Metro Pacific-led Light Rail Manila Consortium, had submitted a technical proposal for the project but this was declared non-compliant.
Three other pre-qualified groups, MTD-Samsung Group, San Miguel Infrastructure Resources Inc., and DMCI Holdings Inc., did not participate due to concerns over the project's terms.
While the DOTC is willing to revise the terms, Lotilla said revisions would need the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), before a rebidding could be done.
The rebidding of the project, Lotilla said, would likely be done in the fourth quarter of the year.
The project is the DOTC's biggest 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.