• 3 bidders for LRT-1 extension back out

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    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said on Thursday that three bidders for the P60-billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1-Cavite Extension Project withdrew their bids.

    DOTC said that only the Ayala and Metro Pacific-led Light Rail Manila Consortium submitted their bids but did not comply with the rules.

    Earlier, DOTC spokesman Michael Arthur Sagcal said that the project is a major milestone in the agency’s push to modernize the LRT system and to improve the delivery of convenient and efficient services to the people.

    The three bidders that withdrew their bids are San Miguel’s SMC Infra Resources Inc.; DMCI Holdings Inc. of the Consunjis and MTD-Samsung Consortium of Malaysia and Korea.

    At the bid submission, technical proposals will be opened by the DOTC-Light Rail Transit Authority special bids and awards committee (BAC), which will then have up to 30 days to evaluate the same.

    DOTC said that once completed, the BAC will open and evaluate the financial proposals of bidders who pass the technical requirements of the project.

    DOTC said that the winning bidder will be determined within 15 days thereafter and will take a maximum of 45 days from tomorrow to announce the winner.

    The project will extend the current LRT-1 line from its present end-station in Baclaran to parts of Parañaque, Las Piñas and Cavite. It involves an 11.7-kilometer expansion, which will make the train service accessible to the more than four million residents of these areas, giving them more education and employment opportunities in Metro Manila.

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