DOTC defers bid deadline for P4-B ITS project

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THE Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) deferred for 30 calendar days the submission of bid documents for the P4-billion Taguig transport terminal project to give prospective bidders more time to prepare their submissions.

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In a general bid bulletin, the DOTC said: “In view of the final clearances that will have to be secured for the Integrated Transport System (ITS) project-South Terminal and in order to give prospective bidders ample time to prepare their submissions, the deadline of submission and opening of bids shall be moved from May 18, 2015 to 30 calendar days from the confirmation of the Pre-Qualification, Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) that the final version of Bidding Documents has been uploaded to the Data Room.”

It added, “In this regard, a bid bulletin shall be issued to confirm the issuance of the final version of the Bidding Documents as uploaded to the Data Room and will indicate the specific date, time and place of the re-scheduled bid submission.”

The bid bulletin was signed by Undersecretary Jose Perpetou Lotilla, PBAC chairman and undersecretary for legal affairs.

The ITS-South Terminal is to be located near the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) compound in Taguig City.

In July last year, DOTC issued an invitation to prospective bidders to submit applications to pre-qualify and to submit bids to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the ITS South Terminal for a period of 35 years.

The project is intended to connect passengers from Laguna and Batangas to other transportation systems in Metro Manila, and is the first of three permanent terminals planned by the DOTC to help ease congestion by locating provincial bus destinations to the outskirts of the city.

An interim transit terminal known as the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal (SWIPTT), which serves bus routes from Cavite, was launched last year at the Uniwide Mall in Parañaque.

The specifications for the planned ITS South Terminal include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage-holding facilities, and park-and-ride facilities.

The DOTC said that the project will be awarded through competitive bidding as prescribed under the Philippine Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law and its implementing rules and regulations.

The project will be implemented using a Build-Transfer-Operate (BTO) turnkey contractual arrangement, with the builder remaining as the operating concessionaire of the facility for the contract period.

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