• Expressway service areas up for auction

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    The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced on Friday that it is bidding out two service areas along the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) that is expected to enhance the convenience of motorists plying the 94-kilometer toll road.

    In a statement, BCDA President Arnel Paciano Casanova said that the BCDA is now inviting interested bidders to bid for the long-term lease and development of two separate lots along the SCTEX that will be developed as service areas.

    “We are looking for partners to develop the lots into service areas for the benefit of the motorists plying the SCTEX,” Casanova said.

    Casanova also said that the prescribed facilities and amenities of a service area would include gasoline station, rest rooms, sufficient and adequate parking slots, emergency First Aid station, potable water and lighting system, emergency vehicle repair shop and convenience stores.

    He noted that each of the two service areas namely the Concepcion Service Area and the Macangcung Service Area consist of two hectares. The lots are located in Barangay Santiago, Concepcion, Tarlac.

    The Concepcion Service Area is located at the Clark-bound/south-bound direction of the Clark-Tarlac segment while the Macangcung Service Area is located at the Clark-bound/north-bound direction of the Clark-Tarlac segment.

    Casanova said that interested bidders could opt to bid for both lots or just one.

    According to Casanova, the lease term for each lot shall be 25 years, renewable for another 25 years upon mutual agreement of the BCDA and the winning bidder.

    For her part, BCDA chairperson of the Asset Disposition Program Committee Nena Radoc said that interested bidders could purchase the Terms of Reference (TOR) for a non-refundable fee of P50,000 payable to BCDA in manager’s check.

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