The Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP) group of companies is keen on expanding its partnership with a Spanish information technology (IT) company within the year.
Pangilinan, who chairs the companies under the MVP group, said the Spanish company, Indra Systemas SA, has an existing joint venture agreement with the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), but they are planning to expand their partnership before the year ends.
“We’re expanding that platform to cover Asia,” Pangilinan said, adding that the partnership mainly covers “IT systems, cyber security, and defense related IT matters.”
“Well, of course, in the Philippines initially. Then Indonesia. We’re using a lot of their IT services in the hospitals, in Maynilad, in the Tollways, and in Meralco,” he said.
Pangilinan also said that the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension Project has been awarded and they are working with the Spanish IT firm on AFCS or automated fare collection system.
Earlier, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) awarded to the joint venture of the Ayala and Metro Pacific groups the P1.72-billion Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) Project for Metro Manila’s light rail system.
The AF Consortium of the Ayala Group and Metro Pacific Investment Corp. (MPIC) submitted a negative bid of P1.088 billion for the AFCS, besting by P103,900 bid submitted by the SM Consortium of Henry Sy.
A negative bid means that the bidder is proposing to pay the government to undertake the project.
The AFCS, a tap-and-go ticketing scheme for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) systems, is envisioned to improve passenger comfort and convenience by cutting queuing time and allowing seamless transfers from one rail line to another.
The AF Consortium was awarded the concession after having made the most advantageous offer to the transport agency. It proposed not only to undertake the modernization project, but also to make premium payments to government in the amount of P1.088 billion.
Thus, the AF Consortium will be able to promote the use of the smart card-based technology to other transport modes such as buses, as well as to retail outlets such as mall and convenience stores, among others.
Under the concession agreement, the AFCS ticketing scheme will be fully integrated at the LRT and MRT systems by September 2015.
Besides Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investment Corp, the AF Consortium is composed of Smart Communications Inc., Globe Telecom Inc., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., NTT Data Corp, Cubic Transportation Systems (Australia) Pty Ltd., Octopus Transaction Ltd., MSI Global Private Ltd, Accenture Inc., Indra Systemas SA, Bank of the Philippine Islands, BPI Card Finance Corp., and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.
The winning bidder for the AFCS will also have the option to expand this contactless card system to other businesses in and out of the transportation sector, such as in retail transactions.