TEAM Orion, the consortium of Aboitiz Land Inc. and Ayala’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Inc., filed a motion on Monday with the Office of the President urging President Benigno Aquino 3rd to settle the P35.4-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway project (Calax) stalemate by either accepting or dismissing the appeal of San Miguel’s Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc. (OIDI) so that the bid process can be completed.
Cognizant of the critical state of the country’s infrastructure, Team Orion said it seeks to prioritize the roll-out of key infrastructure projects in line with its own objective of being a partner in Philippine economic development.
Team Orion reiterated its position that OIDI’s appeal should be dismissed and that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) decision disqualifying OIDI from the Calax bid must be upheld “on the grounds that OIDI’s bid was not only deficient but was also not reviewed for technical compliance.”
“Moreover, OIDI broke the chain of custody by removing its bid from DPWH, ultimately spoiling its own bid,” Team Orion added.
“However, should the President decide to grant OIDI’s appeal, Team Orion will respect such decision and commits to abide by it without legal recourse. Team Orion hopes that OIDI also extend the same courtesy to the President should the President decide to reject its appeal and uphold the DPWH decision,” it said in a statement.
“It is Team Orion’s hope that this motion, copy of which is attached to this statement, will trigger a final resolution of this long-drawn impasse and allow this vital infrastructure initiative to proceed in earnest,” the statement said.
In June, prequalified bidders for the Calax project submitted their respective technical proposals for the 44.6-kilometer road project south of Metro Manila.
The toll road project is part of the national government’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.
Private investors will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the expressway project which has an estimated investment value of P35.42 billion.
The project starts from the Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) in Kawit, Cavite and ends at the Mamplasan interchange of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) in Biñan, Laguna.
Four prequalified bidders— MPCALA Holdings Inc, which is led by Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC); MTD Capital Bhd.; Optimal Infrastructure Development Corp. of San Miguel Corp. and Team Orion of the Ayala Corp.; and Aboitiz Land Inc.— submitted their proposals or technical bid documents for the road project.
The project will connect Cavite and Laguna directly, greatly reducing travel time between the two provinces.
The two highly industrialized and urbanized provinces are home to hundreds of international and multinational electronic, semiconductor, automotive and manufacturing companies in addition to residential developments.