• DOTC moves ITS bidding to June 1

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    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) deferred the submission of bid proposals for the P4-billion Taguig transport terminal to June 1 from the original schedule of April 13 this year.

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

    In a special bid bulletin, the DOTC’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) said, “Please find herewith the response to the query received for the project: Request to extend the Bid Proposals Submission Date from April 13, 2015 to a date which is 11 months after the issuance of Instructions to Bidders, Draft Concession Agreement and Draft Schedules to the Concession Agreement. The request is denied. However, please refer to Section 1.3 of the of the Instructions to Bidders uploaded in the Data Room for the Project, which states that the Bid Proposals Submission Date is June 1, 2015.”

    “For [ITS] South, it was moved to June 1. Usually it is moved because of the request of the bidders,” Cosette Canilao, executive director of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center, told reporters.

    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 ITS South Terminal is intended to connect passengers from Laguna and Batangas to other transportation systems in Metro Manila. The project is the first of three permanent terminals planned by the DOTC, which are intended 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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