• LRT-6 project could be awarded before yearend

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    The P65.09-billion Light Rail Transit Line 6 (LRT-6) project could be awarded before the year ends with the outgoing Aquino administration continuing to push its flagship public-private partnership (PPP) program, Transportation department officials said.

    “The awarding, based on the current timeline which is intended to be reviewed, will be [in]September,” said Timothy John Batan, project manager for the LRT-6 project, at the sidelines of a pre-qualification conference on Monday.

    With the Aquino government set to end its six-year term in June, the LRT-6 project could still be held back by the incoming administration, said Jamie Fortunato Caringal, Transportation Assistant Secretary and Pre-qualification Bids and Awards Committee member.

    However, Caringal said ““I am confident the next admin will be reasonable…” even as he noted concerns raised by interested parties over the impending change in government.

    The LRT-6 Project involves the construction of a 19-kilometer railway from Niyog, Bacoor (the terminus of the planned LRT-1 Cavite extension) to Dasmariñas City.

    Under the existing project timeline, submission of pre-qualification documents should be done in April. Pre-qualification notices will be issued in May along with instructions to bidders. Technical offers will be opened in August while the financial proposals will be reviewed in September, to be followed shortly by the notice of award.

    The concession agreement is expected to be signed in October.

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