The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) System said it has moved back the deadline for submission and the opening of bids for the maintenance of the Manila LRT Line 1 System by a month. It did not specify the reason for the change.
In its Bid Bulletin No. R16, the LRTA said: the “Contract for the Maintenance of the Manila LRT Line 1 System (Pre-bid conference and deadline of submission and opening of Bids set on July 16, 2014 and August 13, 2014, respectively, were moved to August 22, 2014 and September 12, 2014, respectively, same time and venue.”
Last month, the LRTA said it was looking for potential bidders for the P423.24-million maintenance contract for LRT-1.
The railway authority also said that through its Corporate Operating Budget, it intends to apply the sum of P423.24 million as the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC). Bids received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected at bid opening, it said. The contract period is specified as one year.
Bidding will be conducted through an open competitive bidding procedure using a non-discretionary “pass/fail” criterion as specified in the revised implementing rules and regulations (R-IRR) of Republic Act No. 9184, or the Government Procurement Reform Act.
The rules restrict bidding to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least 60 percent interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines.
A pre-bid conference will be open to all interested bidders. Parties who have not purchased the bidding documents shall be allowed to participate and may raise pertinent queries or clarifications, the LRTA said. However, only those who have purchased the bidding documents shall be allowed to raise or submit written queries/clarifications after the pre- bid conference, it added.
The submission and opening of the bid will be held publicly in the presence of the bidders’ authorized representatives who choose to attend. Late bids will not be accepted. All bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in the Instruction to the Bidders and the Bid Data Sheet, according to the rules.
The LRTA said it reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract awarding, without incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.
The present LRT rail line stretches 20.7 kilometers and has 21 stations from Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City to Baclaran in Pasay City.