• DepEd opens bid for P8-B school buildings

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    THE bidding for the second phase of the Public-Private Partnership for the School Infrastructure Project (PSIP II), with a total cost of about P8.81 billion, is now open, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Tuesday.

    Jesus Mateo, DepEd assistant secretary for planning, said the education department is now opening its door to interested parties or consortia to apply to pre-qualify to bid for the design, financing, construction of one-story, two-story, three-story, and four-story school buildings for its second phase of the school infrastructure project.

    He said prospective bidders may file bidding documents for this project starting today.

    “We open the bid for the phase II of the public-private partnership [PPP] project by July 18,” Mateo told reporters, adding that those who will meet the eligibility requirements and have been pre-qualified shall be invited to submit their bids.

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    Prospective bidders, he said, will be pre-qualified based on legal, technical and financial capability requirements.

    “Malaki na ang project na ito baka manalo tapos wala rin naman pala kakayanan,” Mateo said.

    To date, the DepEd has already pre-qualified four consortia to participate in the bidding of this project which include two winning bidders of the phase I of the school infrastructure project.

    “We have already pre-qualified four consortia for the bidding, in which two of them are the two winning bidders of the phase I project namely the BF Corp. of former MMDA chief Bayani Fernando and the Megawide Construction,” Mateo said.

    The PSIP II involves the design and construction of 10,680 classrooms, including school furniture and comfort rooms, in 5,033 public schools in 14 regions nationwide in line with the government’s efforts to address classroom backlogs in the country.

    Mateo said the PSIP II will be implemented through a turnkey arrangement with the private sector using a turnkey or “Build-Transfer” (BT) modality in accordance with Republic Act 7718 or the Revised Build-Operate-Transfer Law. This means that DepEd will issue a one-time payment to the winning bidder after the classrooms have been built.

    “Under the phase I [build-lease and transfer] project, winning bidders po ang magmi-maintain ng schools for 10 years. Pagkatapos ng 10 years itu-turn over na ito sa DepEd. Sa phase II [build-operate-transfer] naman, after ng construction ng building itu-turn over na ito sa DepEd tapos babayaran na sila ng DepEd,” the DepEd official explained.

    Mateo also noted that they in favor of the turnkey mode of procurement for this PPP project because it is much more cost-efficient than the BLT process.

    The BT contract for PSIP II, he added, will exclude the cost of financing and maintenance, items which are otherwise tucked into a BLT contract.

    The PSIP II project, which will construct about 10,679 classrooms in 5,033 schools in 14 regions will immediately benefit some 480,555 students.

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