The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Wednesday said that seven potential bidders qualified for the P68.5-million semi-permanent airport terminals project that will help decongest three of the country’s busiest airports in the next few years.
“While we are pleased with the turnout of interested bidders, a substantial number of them were declared ineligible,” said DOTC spokesperson Migs Sagcal.
“These semi-permanent structures are interim solutions to make passenger experience at the highly congested Clark, Puerto Princesa and Tacloban airports more convenient,” he added.
Of the 18 bids submitted on July 8, only seven were found to be eligible by the agency’s bids and awards committee (BAC) for the supply and installation of semi-permanent passenger terminal buildings at the Clark International Airport, the Puerto Princesa Airport and the Tacloban Airport.
“We have repeatedly said that the BAC has no discretion and can only uphold the pass-fail criteria mandated by the Procurement Law,” Sagcal said.
Four groups were declared eligible for the P27-million Clark International Airport component: Jo Builders; AQA Global Construction Inc.; Jerry R. Santiago Construction and the joint venture of E.M. Cuerpo Inc. and Ascutia. Jo Builders submitted the lowest bid of P19.85 million.
Meanwhile, only one company was found eligible for the P22.7-million Puerto Princesa Airport component. This is D.G. Sarmienta group, which submitted a bid of P21.6 million.
As for the P18.78-million Tacloban Airport component, two groups were declared eligible: Jo Builders and H.N.R. Construction & Supply. Jo Builders submitted the lower bid of P13.67 million.
Each of the lowest bidders will undergo detailed evaluation and post-qualification exercises to determine whether or not they can be awarded the projects.
According to the bid requirements, the semi-permanent structures will be made of steel framing system, and preinsulated roofing and wall panels. The winning bidders will be required to install various electrical works, including air-conditioning units, to ensure passenger convenience. Despite the stability of the temporary buildings, these can be fully dismantled, transferred and reused at other airports, as needed.
Once the notices to proceed are issued, the eventual winning bidders will have 120 days to complete the Clark component, 150 days for Puerto Princesa and 90 days for Tacloban.
“These will increase the capacity of the airports’ terminal buildings until the long-term infrastructure upgrades are completed,” Sagcal said.