San Miguel, Lamco pay appeal fees for train ticketing system

Rappler.com
SMC and Lamco pay the non-refundable fee of P8.6 million to appeal their disqualification from the project bidding

APPEALS. SMC, Lamco groups file appeals to the DOTC to reconsider their bids for the Automatic Fare Collection System. Photo courtesy of the PPP Center

MANILA, Philippines – The consortiums led by San Miguel Corp. (SMC) and Lamco Paper Products Co. Inc. paid the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) appeal fees so they could get the agency to reconsider their bids to undertake the P1.72-billion automated and contactless single ticketing system for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT). 

DOTC spokesman Atty. Michael Arthur Sagcal said the consortiums paid DOTC P8.6 million each as stated under the implementing rules and regulations of the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law.

The law requires a non-refundable appeal fee that’s equivalent to 0.5% of the total project cost. Sagcal said Lamco paid the fee on May 27, while SMC settled the amount on May 28.

SMC submitted qualification documents for the project on April 12 through the San Miguel Transport Solutions consortium. The consortium is composed of: 

  • Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc.
  • Catchweight Holdings Inc.
  • Deltacrest Holdings Inc.
  • Allcard Plastics Philippines Inc. 

The Lamco-led consortium is composed of:

  • Lamco Paper Products Co. Inc.
  • New San Jose Builders Inc.
  • Land Bank of the Philippines
  • NEC Philippines Inc.
  • Busan Transit Corp.
  • Samco FA Co Ltd.

SMC was disqualified from the bidding because of the “absence of any discussion on some material points as well as inadequacy of the discussions on its project management plan.”

The DOTC said Lamco was disqualifed because its newly nominated consortium member, New San Jose Builders Inc., failed to meet the project’s financial qualification requirement of P1 billion.

The DOTC, through Special Bid Bulletin 05-2013, allowed the filing of appeals 15 days from the receipt of notices of disqualification.

Sagcal said the agency would act on the appeals of SMC and Lamco within 45 working days from the filing of their appeals and upon the payment of the non-refundable fees.

Companies that were prequalified in the bidding for the automated fare collection system include: 

  • AF Consortium, led by Ayala Corp. 
  • Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) 
  • Comworks Consortium
  • E-Trans Solutions Joint Venture Inc.
  • Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink Consortium
  • SM Consortium 

The DOTC said the prequalifed bidders have until August 30 to submit their bids for the project. – Rappler.com

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