MANILA, Philippines – Autre Porte Technique Global Inc. (APT) wins the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) temporary maintenance contract, besting 2 other groups vying for the one-year P712.77 million project.
The temporary contract is meant to provide maintenance services and avoid interruption between now and the award of the more comprehensive MRT-3 expansion project.
The Department of Transportation issued a notice of award on August 22 and released it on Monday, September 2, to APT Global authorized representative Mario dela Cruz after completing bid evaluation and post-qualification process.
The notice was approved by Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya. It was also signed by Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla who also chairs the agency’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and DOTC-MRT3 officer-in-charge Honorito Chaneco.
“Based on the findings of the BAC pursuant to BAC Resolution No. P-GS-PB-2013-27, the contract for the MRT3 System Maintenance Provider entered into between DOTC-MRT3 and APT Global is hereby awarded to your company in the total amount of P685.04 million,” the notice read.
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APT is a complete local railway service provider and has existing partnerships with multinational companies including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sumitomo, Kinki Sharyo, Pacific Consultants International, Transurb Technirail, STIB and DAXI of Belgium.
It bested the tandem of Asiaphil Manufacturing Industries Inc. and Korea Railroad, as well as Commbuilders & Technology Philippines Corp. Both failed to qualify.
The DOTC has extended the contract of PH Trams CB & T joint venture for the provision of interim maintenance services for MRT3 twice. The interim maintenance contract of PH Trams was for 6 months. It offered the lowest monthly maintenance cost of $1.15 million compared to two other firms which submitted proposals such as Sumitomo TES-P Inc. and Miescor Railway/Genials JV.
The original contract expired last April 19 but the DOTC granted a two-month extension of PH Trams contract to June 19 for a total consideration of $2.3 million. The interim contract was extended for another two months to Aug. 19 for $2.3 million.
The previous maintenance contract between the Metro Rail Transit Corp. (MRTC) and Japanese firm Sumitomo Corp. has been extended 4 times.
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The DOTC is pursuing the complete government takeover of the MRT3 so it could bid out the complete operation and maintenance of the mass transit system.
Last March, President Benigno Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 126 ordering DOTC and the Department of Finance to buy out private shareholders of MRT-3.
MRT-3 services over 600,000 Metro Manila commuters daily. – Rappler.com