THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) prequalified four bidders for the P4-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) Project-South Terminal to be located near the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) compound in Taguig City.
The four prequalified firms are Ayala Land Inc., Datem Inc., Filinvest Land Inc. and MWM Terminals.
“We are pleased to announce that four well-reputed groups have qualified for the ITS South Terminal PPP project: Ayala Land, Datem, Filinvest Land, and MWM Terminals,” Atty. Michael Arthur Sagcal, DOTC spokesman, said in a text message.
“This is a good number to foster competitive bids, which should lead to the best possible deal for government as we modernize our transportation systems,” he added.
In July, DOTC announced it was looking for potential bidders to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the ITS South Terminal for a period of 35 years.
The ITS South Terminal is intended to connect passengers from Laguna and Batangas to other transport systems in Metro Manila.
The project is the first of three permanent terminals planned by the DOTC to help ease congestion by locating provincial bus destinations on the outskirts of the metropolis.
An interim transit terminal known as the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal (SWIPTT), which serves bus routes from Cavite, was launched last year at the Uniwide Coastal Mall in Parañaque.
Specifications for the planned ITS South Terminal include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage-holding facilities, and park-and-ride facilities.
The DOTC said the project will be awarded through competitive bidding as prescribed under the Philippine Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law and its implementing rules and regulations.
The project will be implemented using a Build-Transfer-Operate (BTO) turnkey contractual arrangement, with the builder remaining as operating concessionaire of the facility for the contract period.
DOTC said that the target bid submission is in April 2015.