• Four groups interested in CALA project

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    Four participating bidders have submitted their documents on time for the bidding of the P35-billion Cavite-Laguna (CALA) Expressway Project.

    “All [bidders for CALA Expressway project]submitted the documents before the deadline of 2 p.m. [of October 23],” said Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Eugenio Pipo Jr. of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

    The DPWH said that the four entities that submitted their bid documents were: Alloy MTD; Team Orion, headed by AC Infrastructure Holding Corp.; Aboitiz, Macquirie Infrastructure Holdings Philippines, Bouygues Travaux, Egis Road Operations and Korea Expressway Corp.; Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp., and Leighton Constructions Philippines; and Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc.

    Earlier, San Miguel Corp. said that it would bid for the CALA project. SMC has a controlling interest in the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

    Meanwhile, the Ayala Group has vast property projects in Southern Luzon, while Metro Pacific Investments Corp. has invested in Cavitex Holdings Inc., which holds the concession for the Cavite Expressway, the toll road connecting Metro Manila to the province of Cavite.

    The CALA project is a 35-year concession period.

    The DPWH said that the tentative timeline leading to bid submission date are: November 4, announcement of pre-qualification results, issuance of instructions to bidders or ITB; November 19, pre-bid conference; November 25 to 29, one-on-one meetings with the DPWH and the potential bidders; and January 20, 2014, bid submission date.

    The CALA Expressway Project is a 27.2-kilometer highway that will connect Bacoor and Dasmariñas in Cavite, link it to the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road in the north to the proposed East-West Cavite-Laguna Expressway in the south.

    As a public-private partnership venture, the winning private bidder would have to assume the financial burden of completing the project.

    DPWH said that the winning private bidder will finance, design and construct the P15.8-billion, 18.1-kilometer Laguna section from the Aguinaldo Highway to the SLEX-Mamplasan exit in Laguna.

    According to the DPWH’s old published invitation to bid, the private sector will also to finance, design and construct only the P19.69-billion 28.9-kilometer Cavite section from Kawit to Aguinaldo Highway in Silang, Cavite.

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