• DOTC to hire consultant for Mactan-Cebu airport project

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    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is looking to hire the services of an independent consultant for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) expansion project.

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    “An independent consultant is essential in all government infrastructure projects,” DOTC spokesman Michael Arthur Sagcal told The Manila Times in a text message.

    “It will act as the government’s engineer and representative in monitoring the project’s progress and ensuring compliance by the concessionaire with its obligations,” he said.

    In a notice published on Friday, the DOTC said it has an approved P122.6 million budget for contract (ABC) under its 2014 appropriations for the services of the independent consultant needed for the MCIA Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project.

    Bids received in excess of that budget will be automatically rejected at the opening of the financial proposals, it said.

    The DOTC said interested consultants must acquire the eligibility documents after payment of P2,000 and submit them on or before July 21 at the DOTC Multi-Purpose Hall. Applications for eligibility will be evaluated based on non-discretionary “pass/fail” criteria, the notice said.

    A short list of eligible candidates, consisting of five prospective bidders, will be drawn up based on the following criteria and rating system: applicable experience 45 percent; qualification of key personnel     45 percent; current workload 10 percent. They will be asked to submit bids for the consultancy project.

    The DOTC said it will evaluate bids using the Quality-Cost Based Evaluation/Section procedure. The Technical and Financial Proposals will be given weights at 70 percent and 30 percent, respectively, with a minimum technical score of 70 points. The criteria rating system of the evaluation of bids will be provided in the Instructions to Bidders.

    The contract should be completed within five years from the date of the issuance of notice to proceed.

    The DOTC said it reserves the right to reject any and all bids, annul the bidding process, or not award the contract to any time prior to contract award, without hereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

    The P17.5-billion MCIA project involves the construction of a new world-class international passenger terminal building at the MCIA, with a capacity of about 8 million passengers per year; renovation and expansion of the existing terminal; installation of all the required equipment and the operation of both new and existing facilities.

    After the new international terminal building is completed, the existing terminal, which currently caters to both domestic and international passengers, will be converted into an exclusively domestic passenger terminal.

    The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the second-largest and busiest aviation facility in the country.

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