DOTC ramping up bidding for 7 ports
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is ramping up auctions for projects, and said it would open bidding this July for the rehabilitation and construction of 7 ports.
The projects are worth a total of P93.8 million, which DOTC said it earmarked to improve the ports "in anticipation of increased passengers and cargo."
The following 4 ports are scheduled for opening and submission of bids on July 23:
- Corcuera Port in Romblon - the P28.76 million project entails the repair of damaged port structures, the restoration of rock causeways with stair-landings, fabrication and installation of concrete cell blocks and the anchoring rubber fenders.
- Placer Port in Surigao del Norte - the P28.44 million project calls for the extension of a rock causeway with stair-landings, fabrication and installion of concrete cell blocks, and the mooring of rubber fenders.
- Boracay Port in Aklan - the P9.65 million project entails the construction of a back-up area with stair-landings.
- Sto Domingo Port in Albay - the P8.67 million the project entails the repair of rock causeway with stair landings.
DOTC is scheduling the following 3 ports for opening and submission of bids on July 24:
- Pili Port in Albay - worth 8.8 million, the project requires the construction of back-up areas with stair-landings and the extension of rock causeways with stair landings.
- Palid Wharf in Zamboanga Sibugay - the P5-million rehabilitation calls for the repair and extension of rock causeways with stair landings.
- Melgar Wharf in Dinagat Island - the P5-million project also involves the construction of stair landings for the existing rock causeway.
The announcement comes as the department faces criticism for underspending. In the first 3 months of the year, nearly P12.2 billion of DOTC's budget was unspent, the most for any agency. DOTC announced the allocation of about P500 million for the construction and upgrade of existing ports during the period.
The agency also dragged its feet before starting the bidding for several big-ticket projects, like the P30-billion LRT-1 extension, the biggest project in the government's pipeline this year.
The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) blamed underspending for holding the transportation sector back from reaching its 2016 goals for providing reliable transportation.
DOTC said it hopes, bidding out the ports, will help fuel "government's strategy to ensure convenient, affordable, reliable, efficient and safe transport for sea goers." - Rappler.com