• 5 companies to offer bids for new airports

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    At least five major Philippine companies have shown interest to offer bids for the development, operations and maintenance of five airport projects in different parts of the country, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said on Tuesday.

    DOTC Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco said the companies have obtained the pre-bid documents for the airport projects, which will be bundled into two contracts.

    “The companies can bid on both of the bundled airports but the policy is they can only win one regional airport bundle, “Limcaoco said.

    DOTC identified the five airports with their corresponding budgets as Iloilo International Airport, P30.4 billion; Laguindingan Airport, P14.02 billion; Bacolod-Silay International Airport, P20.26 billion; New Bohol (Panglao) Airport, P4.576 billion; Puerto Princesa Airport, P5.81 billion; and Davao International Airport, P40.57 billion.

    The five prospective bidders were identified as the consortium of the Metro Pacific Investment Corp. and JG Summit; San Miguel Corp.; GMR-Megawide; Philippine Skylanders Inc. and Aboitiz.

    Limcaoco said the contract include the operation and maintenance of the airport, expansion of the passenger terminal building, apron, airside and landside facilities and capacity augmentation to meet future demands.

    Limcaoco said bundle one covers the Bacolod-Silay and Iloilo airports and bundle two include the Davao, Laguindingan and New Bohol airports.

    He said the submission of pre-qualification bid documents will be on May 18 and the issuance of the notice of awards will be in March 2016.

    Commenting on the bids, GMR-Megawide, Cebu Airport Corp. said: “We are interested in both bundles, as those are also international gateways so foot traffic driven by tourists are strategic for us.”

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