The maintenance and operations contract of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT2) has become yet another public-private partnership project to suffer a delay as the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announced that bid submission for the project would be postponed by up to a month.
In a bid bulletin posted at the DOTC’s website Tuesday the agency announced that the bid submission originally scheduled for April 4 will be delayed by at least 10 to 30 days.
“Due to the lack of quorum and due to equally important work of the members of the Prequalification, Bids and Awards Committee, the Opening of Qualification Documents for Changes in Consortium Members on 14 March 2016 has been postponed. The new schedule or said activity will be announced through a subsequent bid bulletin,” the bid bulletin read.
DOTC said that to allow for clearances and approvals to be processed, the submission date would be moved from April 4 to a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 days later than the original date.
DOTC said it would announce the new schedule for the bid submission soon.
The LRT Line 2 Operation and Maintenance project will infuse private sector efficiencies into the operations of the LRT Line 2 to provide better service levels to the riding public, the agency said.
The private partner will undertake the operation and maintenance of the existing LRT Line 2, the 4.14 kilometer East Extension, and any other future extensions implemented by the government during the project’s term.
Prequalified bidders for the PPP project are the consortium of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. and SMRT Transport Solutions, the D.M. Consunji Inc. and Tokyo Metro Co. Ltd consortium, Light Rail Manila Holdings 2 Inc. (LRM2 consortium), and the consortium of San Miguel Holdings and Korea Railroad Corporation.
With the administration coming to a close, the PPP Center said it is giving a final push to award at least 10 PPP projects by the end of June. So far, however, several PPP projects in the procurement stage have seen delays.
Earlier this week the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) Laguna Lakeshore Project was terminated because qualified bidders did not submit bids.
Other major projects that have been delayed for various reasons include the prison construction project under the Department of Justice, and the DOTC’s Davao Sasa Port upgrade and expansion project.