The winning consortium for the Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) project of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said that it has completed the submission of all post-award requirements and is ready to proceed with the project.
The AF Consortium, which bagged the project, is composed of the Ayala Group and Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC). It bested the SM Consortium of Henry Sy for the bidding of the P1.72-billion project.
As the first of its kind in the Philippines, the AFCS project has the potential to revolutionize commuting in Metro Manila.
“I don’t think we will entertain anymore a complaint. It’s up to the BAC [Bids and Awards Committee]. But the BAC is not inclined to derail the process any further with this filing, especially now that we already awarded the project,” said Michael Arthur Sagcal, DOTC spokesman.
The AFCS, patterned after mass rail transport payment systems in developed countries such as Singapore’s EZ Link Card, will upgrade the Light Rail Transit and Metro Rail Transit ticketing system by substantially speeding up payments, reducing queuing time, and allowing passengers seamless transfers from one rail line to another.
The DOTC awarded the project to AF Consortium, which offered the government a premium of P1.088 billion on top of the cost of designing and constructing, and managing the implementation and operation of the system.
The AF Consortium bested the SM Consortium’s by just over P100,000.