The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reminded prospective bidders for the for the P122.8-billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike (LLED) project that Qualification Documents should be submitted not later than February 27, 2015.
In a supplemental bid bulletin, DPWH said, “Please be reminded that Qualification Documents should be submitted not later than February 27, 2015. No further extension will be given to the submission of Qualification Documents so as not to adversely affect the schedule of the Bidding Process.”
It added, “Previous extensions granted by this Office, particularly those granted on January 14, 2015 and February 27, 2015, were provided to afford sufficient time for this Department to release additional information related to the Project and for Prospective Bidders to identify and engage participants in the Bidding process.”
DPWH also said that the basic and technical and financial qualification requirements, however, have remained consistent since issuance of the Instructions to Prospective Bidders in August 2014.
In October last year the government pushed back the timetable for the project.
The deadline for bids, however, remains on July 6, 2015.
Under the original timetable set by the DPWH, submission of bid proposals was set for July 6, 2015; the detailed engineering design (by phase) should be done from September 2015 to May 2016; construction (by phase) should be done between December 2015 and December 2021; and operation and maintenance of the expressway-dike is projected between 2022 and 2051.
DPWH said that 22 companies have bought pre-qualification documents.
The Laguna Lakeshore project has been approved by the inter-agency Investment Coordination Committee of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-ICC) and will involve building an expressway and dike that would encircle Laguna de Bay.
The project includes the following components: A 47-kilometer expressway dike with two sections, namely Bicutan-Calamba and Calamba-Los Baños; reclamation of 500-700 hectares of raw land and horizontal development of the same for mixed use; eight interchanges; 16 bridges and 16 pumping stations; and elevation of 15.2 meters (100-year flood level).
The project aims to provide a high-standard highway that will speed up traffic between the southern part of Metro Manila and Laguna, as well as a dike that would mitigate flooding in the western coastal communities along Laguna Lake.
To date, the project is considered the Aquino administration’s biggest public-private partnership project.