MANILA, Philippines - The bidding for another public private partnership project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has been postponed.
The DOTC on Wednesday said it deferred the deadline for the submission of bids for the P1.72 billion automated and contactless single ticketing system for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT).
In a special bid bulletin, DOTC undersecretary Rene Limcaoco said the postponement was due to changes in the concession agreement.
"Please be notified that the bid submission will be 30 calendar days from the date of release of the final concession agreement and all attachments/annexures. For this purpose, the PBAC shall expressly declare that such documents are final in nature,” he said.
Prequalified bidders for the project were scheduled to submit their technical and financial proposals on August 30 (Friday).
This is the 3rd PPP project under the DOTC to be delayed again. On Tuesday, the DOTC deferred the submission of bids for the P17.5 billion Mactan Cebu International Airport expansion project. The deadline for that project was scheduled today (August 28).
Earlier this month, the bidding for the P60 billion LRT1 Cavite extension project failed.
The five prequalified bidders for the MRT-LRT ticketing system are:
1. AF Consortium, led by the Metro Pacific and Ayala groups;
2. Comworks Consortium, which includes Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp.;
3. E-Trans Solutions Joint Venture, Inc. Consortium, which includes Eastwest Banking Corp.;
4. Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink Consortium, which will tap the experience of Singapore’s EZ-Link Pte. Ltd.;
5. SM Consortium, led by several companies of the Sy family.
A public-private partnership (PPP) project, the Automatic Fare Collection System envisions a "contactless" ticket system similar to those used in Hong Kong and South Korea. The stored-value train tickets can be used not just on the subway but also at shops and banks. At present, there are different ticketing schemes for the LRT Lines 1 and 2 and MRT 3.