The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has set June 30 as the deadline for the submission of pre-qualification documents for the P17-billion Davao Sasa Port modernization project.
According to DOTC spokesman Michael Arthur Sagcal as of Monday there were five prospective bidders for the project. These are: the Davao International Container Terminals Incorporated (DICT), San Miguel Holdings Corp., Óbrascon Huarte Lain (OHL), S.A., Bolloré S.A. and Portek International Pte. Ltd.
The winning bidder will finance, design, develop, operate and maintain the port.
Sagcal said the target bid submission date is by December this year.
The Davao Sasa port project involves the modernization of the existing port and establishment of a dedicated container handling facility, construction of a new apron, development of linear quay, expansion of the backup area, provision of container yards, warehouse, and the installation of appropriate container handling equipment throughout a 30-year concession period.
The existing port occupies a total area of 18.1 hectares, including a 4.15-hectare container yard, and 864 container yard ground slots. The port, which can accommodate 800 TEUs (20-feet equivalent unit), has an annual throughput capacity of 550,000 TEUs.
The DOTC and the PPA have been appointed by the Development Bank of the Philippines and the International Finance Corp., the private arm of the World Bank Group, to act as transaction advisers for the international competitive public bidding.