MANILA, Philippines – The government has reset to September 29 the deadline for the submission of prequalification documents for the P2.2 billion ($50.140 million*) Integrated Transport System (ITS)-Southwest Terminal project.
The new cut-off date was made “in view of the changes of the project structure,” according to Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla.
In General Bid Bulletin 13-2014, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the rescheduling will give a window for bidders to prepare their documents, although several huge companies have expressed their interest in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) venture.
The Southwest Terminal will be built at the 2.9-hectare ITS at the coastal road along the Manila-Cavite expressway.
Once completed, commuters alighting at the proposed terminal will be able to connect to other urban transport systems, such as the future Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT) South Extension to Bacoor in Cavite, city bus, taxi, and other public utility vehicles plying Metro Manila.
Interested bidders of the project include: San Miguel Corporation, Ayala Corp. and Ayala Land Incorporated, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Robinsons Land Incorporated, D.M. Wenceslao and Associates Inorporated, Vicente T. Lao Construction, Egis Projects Philippines, Filinvest Land Incorporated, Megawide Construction Corporation, State Properties Corporation, and Expedition Properties Corporation.
This is not the first time for the DOTC to push back the deadline for bidding documents. The original deadline of the bid submission was scheduled on May 15.
Deadline for the ITS-North Terminal has also been moved as the final site for project is yet to be finalized.
The DOTC said it is considering two locations for the project, one at the Seedline Bank at the corner of Quezon Avenue and EDSA, and another at a property of the National Housing Authority (NHA) near TriNoma Mall.
Meanwhile, the prequalification conference for the proposed ITS-South Terminal at the Food Terminal Inc compound in Taguig City has pushed through, according to DOTC spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal.
The 3 projects comprise the 7 major infrastructure projects worth P184.2 billion ($4.198 billion) approved on November 21, 2013, by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board chaired by President Benigno Aquino III. –Rappler.com