While the status of the disagreements over the controversial 300-hectare Pasay reclamation project is still not clear, an Ayala Land Inc. official confirmed that the property giant firm is keen on challenging other bidders if ever the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) will indeed do the bidding for the project.
Bobby Dy, ALI chief operating officer, said in an interview with reporters on Friday that the ALI group is interested to join the
bidding, once the PRA officially announces it as well as the terms of reference for the project.
“We are interested . . . We want to make sure that whatever is done in the reclamation, we’d be able to address some of these concerns,” he said.
“Obviously, we have to wait for the terms of reference and take a look at it, and assuming that the terms of reference are basically in line with making sure that it is done in the environmental-friendly way as well as the process that we would like to see, then we will participate,” Dy added.
Citing several flaws that need to be addressed, the Pasay City Council on December 4 recalled its award of the Pasay City reclamation project to SM Land Inc. In an eight-page resolution, the council unanimously approved to withdraw all resolutions issued for the reclamation of 300 hectares offshore and inshore parts of Manila Bay.
According to previous reports, Pasay City Councilor Allan Panaligan, chairman of the Committee on Land Use, said during a previous council session that they are recalling the earlier approved resolutions to correct the defects raised by other companies such as ALI and S&P Construction Technology and Development Co.
More than a week after that, a report said that the PRA may already be the one to bid out the reclamation project, which Pasay City and SM Land was supposed to jointly undertake.
With the possible takeover of the PRA of the bidding, Pasay City and the SM Group, whether or not they will proceed with their partnership, will be just one of the bidders for the project.
“We have to look at the process, as what PRA said, there’s a particular process. As I understand it, Pasay and SM will be one of the bidders, and others can basically also participate,” Dy said.
Dy said the ALI group hasn’t yet sealed any partnership for the project.
“There’s no project to speak of yet as far as we are concerned. In two elements, Pasay [City] withdrew; second, the PRA came out that they will basically bid it out. And we are not anywhere yet in the process of bidding out. It’s a bid premature unless we signed any formal agreement with any parties we are talking with,” he said.
Nevertheless, ALI has not ruled out the possibility to partner with the Pasay City government.
“As we’ve said before, if there’s an opportunity, we remain to be interested,” Dy reiterated.