Bidding for Mactan-Cebu airport set for November
MANILA, Philippines - The bidding for the P17.5-billion Mactan Cebu International Airport project will push through in November, an official of the Department of Transportation and Communications said.
In a statement, DOTC spokesman Migs Sagcal said the bid submission date is set on November 15, which gives bidders two months to prepare.
"We have been working hard to find the balance between government and private sector interests. This gives sufficient time for the bidders to finalize their proposals," he said.
The DOTC will also seek the National Economic Development Authority's approval to change some terms of the project.
The changes, which include extending the concession period from 20 years to 25 years, and transferring the liability for the payment of certain real property taxes to government, were in response to concerns of the bidders.
The bidding was originally slated last August but was postponed since the DOTC wanted to make changes to the concession agreement.
The DOTC expects "more competitive" bid proposals from the seven pre-qualified groups.
The DOTC had pre-qualified 7 groups, namely Metro Pacific Investments Corp. - JG Summit airport consortium; AAA Airport Partners led by the Ayala and Aboitiz groups; Filinvest - CAI consortium which includes the operator of Singapore's Changi airport; San Miguel Corp. - Incheon Airport consortium; First Philippine Airports consortium led by First Philippine Holdings Corp. and Infratil Asia Ltd.; Premier Airport group led by SM Investments Corp., Citadel Holdings Inc. and the operator of Zurich (Switzerland) airport; and GMR Infrastructure (operator of airports in India, Turkey, Maldives) - Megawide consortium.
Meanwhile, the DOTC said the injunction case filed by a certain Danilo Cruz in connection with this project has been dismissed. The petition had questioned the conduct of the one-on-one meetings and sought to halt the bidding process.
The DOTC quoted the Office of the Solicitor General, which acted as legal counsel for the case, as saying the Regional Trial Court of Mandaluyong City dismissed the suit due to lack of jurisdiction.
"That only goes to show that this was yet another baseless petition against us. As we have said time and again, the DOTC is committed to conducting an open, fair, and transparent bidding process, fully within the bounds of law," Sagcal said.