MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has prequalified 5 firms for its Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) project.
According to DOTC sources familiar with the project auction, 5 groups have qualified for the agency’s P1.72 billion single contactless ticketing system for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT).
The 5 firms that made the cut include:
The SM group
The company is made up of SM Investments Corp. (SMIC), BDO Unibank Inc., BDO Capital Investment Corp., SM Retail, Inc., Penta Capital Investments Corp., Advanced Card Systems Inc. and GoldSign Data Co. Limited.
The AF Consortium (of Ayala and Pangilinan groups)
The firm is composed of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), Smart Communications Inc., Globe Telecom Inc., BPI Card Finance Corp., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp. and NTT Data Corporation. The partners for the venture include Bank of Philippine Islands (BPI), Smart International Pte Ltd., Octopus Transactions Ltd., Cubic Transport Systems (Australia) Pte Ltd., MSI Global, Accenture Inc., and IntraSystems SA.
The consortium is composed of Berjaya Philippines Inc., Taiwan firm Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp., Acer Inc., Philippine Gaming Management Corp. (PGMC) and Info Champ Systems Corp.
E-Trans Solutions JV Inc. (Gotianun group)
The firm is composed of Tera Investments Inc., Gotianun-led East West Banking Corp., Pulsar Avancer Technologies Inc., Kentkart EGE Electronic San VTE, Sagesoft Solutions Inc., Pilipinas Micro-Matrix Technology (PMT Joint Venture) Inc. and JTKA Equities Inc.
The consortium is made up of Megawide Construction Corp., Suyen Corp., and Eurolink Network International Corporation. The partners for the venture include Easy-link PTE Ltd. and China National Software and Service Corp.
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Four companies failed to qualify for the project, namely San Miguel Corp (SMC), the Lamco consortium, the MTD-PRLM consortium, and the Mega Lucky United consortium.
The DOTC is set to make the announcement on Wednesday, May 8. The 5 companies that were selected are eligible to participate in the bidding scheduled for the 3rd quarter of 2013.
The DOTC, the project proponent, collaborated with Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) for evaluating the pre-qualification documents from prospective bidders.
The MRT-LRT single ticket is expected to not only serve as a stored-value train ticket, but also as payment for bus rides and toll fees. It may also be used as a debit card and for electronic banking and shopping purposes. – Rappler.com