The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said 22 companies have signified their interest in bidding for the P122.8-billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike (LLED) project.
The DPWH alsoannounced a new timetable for the submission of proposals for the biggest public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure development to date.
In changing the bidding timeframe, the DPWH conceded that the LLED project was too big and too complex. Thus, it accommodated the requests of potential bidders who asked for more time to prepare their documents.
The latest PPP Center bid bulletin showed that submission for qualification documents for the LLED project was moved to January 14, 2015 from October 16 this year. The issuance of notice to pre-qualified bidders was also moved to February 3, 2015 from November 5, 2014; the issuance of bidding documents will be on February 4, 2015 instead of November 6, 2014. However, the submission of bid proposals will still be on July 6, 2015.
Under the original timetable set by the DPWH, submission of bid proposals was set for July 6, 2015; the detailed engineering design (by phase) should be done from September 2015-May 2016; construction (by phase) should be done between December 2015 and December 2021; and operation and maintenance of the expressway-dike is projected between 2022-2051.
“The new schedule for the pre-bid conference and one-on-one meeting shall be announced at a later date through another Supplemental Bid Bulletin,” the DPWH said.
The 22 companies who bought the pre-qualification documents include the following companies: Muhibbah Engineering (Phil) Corp. (Malaysia/PH), GT Capital Holdings, Inc. (PH), Ayala Land (PH), Egis Projects S.A. (France), Megaworld (PH), Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (PH), Minerales Industrias Corp. (PH), Leighton Contractors (Philippines) Inc., JV Power and Wealth Corp., LT Group (PH), Laguna Lakeshore Consortium (PH), Filinvest Land (PH), Macquarie Securities (Phil.) Inc. (Australia), San Miguel Corp. (PH), Megawide Construction Corp. (PH), Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.
(PH), JG Summit Holdings, Inc. (PH), PT Star Line (Indonesia/PH), State Properties Corp. (PH), MTD-Hanshin-VistaLand Consortium (Malaysia/PH), IL/FS Transportation Networks Ltd. (India), and Vinci Concessions (Malaysia).
The Laguna Lakeshore project has been approved by the inter-agency Investment Coordination Committee of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-ICC) and will involve building an expressway and dike that would encircle Laguna de Bay.
The project includes the following components: A 47-kilometer expressway dike with two sections, namely Bicutan-Calamba and Calamba-Los Baños; reclamation of 500-700 hectares of raw land and horizontal development of the same for mixed use; eight interchanges; 16 bridges and 16 pumping stations; and elevation of 15.2 meters (100-year flood level).
The project aims to provide a high-standard highway that will speed up traffic between the southern part of Metro Manila and Laguna, as well as a dike that would mitigate flooding in the western coastal communities along Laguna Lake.