MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) started Thursday, July 30, inviting interested investors to prequalify and bid for the P298-million ($6.53-million) road transport Information Technology (IT) infrastructure project (phase II).
The IT public-private partnership (PPP) deal will upgrade the existing infrastructure of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB). This include the computerization of its manual processes, as well as the development, supply, and operationalization of its network infrastructure and database and applications.
The project is seen to clean up the existing data of LTFRB, lessen the processing time for its transactions, as well as promote and improve access to public information.
As of July, there are 14 PPP projects that are being tendered by the government.
The government is also set to roll out two more PPP projects.
These are the P23.20-billion ($509.55-million) North Luzon Expressway-South Luzon Expressway connector road project by the DOTC and P1.59-billion ($34.92-million) Civil Registry System IT project phase II by the Philippine Statistics Authority, which were approved by the National Economic and Development Authority Board this month.
Stage set for ITS-South terminal project
The stage is also set for another DOTC PPP deal, the P4-billion ($87.78-million) Integrated Transport System (ITS)-South terminal project.
Four qualified groups are also expected to submit their technical and financial bids for the ITS-South terminal project on Friday, July 31.
The project will enable commuters to have seamless transfers from one mode of transport to another, DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said.
“Creating a central terminal for all types of public transportation will not only give access to our daily commuters, but also help those who are unfamiliar with PUV (public utility vehicle) routes and services,” Abaya said in a statement.
The winning bidder will take care of the design, construction, and operations and maintenance (O&M) of the terminal for a concession period of 35 years.
The government is set to award the project in the third quarter of the year, so the concessionaire can start the construction by the second quarter of 2016.
The DOTC said it wants to open the terminal in December 2017.
The P4-billion ($87.78-million) project covers a construction of a terminal within a 4.7-hectare lot along FTI compound in Taguig City. It will connect passengers coming from the South, specifically the Batangas and Laguna area, to other PUVs that are serving inner Metro Manila.
The project also covers the construction of arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage facilities and park-ride facilities. – Rappler.com
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