DOTC seeks bidders for South Terminal project

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The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking for potential bidders for the P4 billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) Project-South Terminal to be located near the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) compound in Taguig City.

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DOTC issued an invitation to prequalify and bid on Thursday 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 operating concessionaire of the facility for the contract period.

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