DOTC to bid out 2 NAIA 1 projects
MANILA - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is set to bid and award two vital contracts involving the rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) Terminal 1.
The contract for the consultancy services and construction management services will be bid out on October 15, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.
Awarding of the contract and issuance of the notice to proceed with the project are expected to take place immediately after.
“It’s set on October 15. You could submit and award on the same day. It’s a simple bid. Hopefully, a day after the bid, we can issue the notice. These are the guys who will oversee and likewise review the detailed engineering design for the Naia 1,” Abaya said.
Another bid will take place on November 15. “We will do a bid and award the general contractor for Naia 1 rehab. Hopefully by November 30 we can issue a notice to proceed,” added Abaya.
Abaya said the agency is determined to follow these bid schedules so it can meet the November 2014 target for the completion of the Naia 1 rehabilitation. “The target imposed is November 14 so we have less than a year,” added the DOTC chief.
The DOTC intends to complete the rehab in time for the Philippines’s hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in 2015.
Earlier, Malacañang approved the structural retrofitting and rehabilitation of the terminal at a cost of P1.16 billion. Of the total amount, P340 million will be used to improve the structural integrity of the Naia 1 building, while P500 million has been allocated for architectural, engineering, and interior design and works to improve the internal facilities.
To address runway congestion, P300 million will be used for the construction of a rapid-exit taxiway. Another P20 million will be spent for the complete rehabilitation of 72 toilets.
Meanwhile, Abaya said there is no change in the new bid schedule for the P 17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport Project. “November 15 is holding. We are keeping our ears close to the ground,” he said.
The DOTC is currently seeking approval of the National Economic and Development Authority to make certain changes in the terms of the project, such as extending the concession period from 20 years to 25 years, and transferring the liability for the payment of certain real-property taxes to the government. These changes were prompted mainly by the results of the one-on-one meetings conducted by the transport agency’s Special Bids and Awards Committee over the past few months.
Based on the active participation of all seven prequalified groups in the one-on-one meetings, the transport agency anticipates that the bid proposals will be more competitive, resulting in better bid offers to the government.
The prequalified bidders are the MPIC-JGS Consortium, a joint-venture between Manuel Pangilinan’s Metro Pacific Investments and the Gokongwei-led JG Summit Holdings; AAA Airport Partners, a partnership between Ayala Corp. and Aboitiz Equity Ventures; Gotianun-led Filinvest Development Corp.; San Miguel Corp.; Lopez-led First Philippine Holdings; Henry Sy’s Premier Airport Group; and Megawide Construction Corp.
The airport project covers the construction of a world-class international passenger terminal building that can handle about eight million passengers a year, doubling the current capacity of the Mactan-Cebu airport.