• Seven groups to bid for MCIA project

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    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said on Thursday that all seven groups vying for the first airport project to be bid out under President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s public-private artnership (PPP) program have successfully prequalified.

    The announcement, which was made four days ahead of schedule, showed that the P17.5-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Passenger Terminal Building Project will be contested by the following groups: AAA Airport Partners, led by the Ayala and Aboitiz groups and Houston airport operator ADC&HAS; Filin­vest-CAI Consortium of the Gotianuns and Singapore’s Changi Airport; First Philippine Airports of the Lopez group and New Zealand’s Infratil Asia Ltd. airport operator; GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Consortium, which includes India’s Delhi Airport’s operator; MPIC-JGS Airport Consortium, composed of the Pangilinan and Gokongwei companies, as well as France’s Aeroports de Lyon; SM-led Premier Airport Group, which includes Switzerland’s Zurich Airport operators; and San Miguel Corp.-Incheon Airport Consortium, led by the SMC conglomerate and the operator of South Korea’s Incheon Airport.

    “This is a good number for ensuring optimal competition during the bid itself,” said the lawyer Migs Sagcal, DOTC spokesperson.

    Under the updated timeline for the bidding process, the qualified consortia will now have until August 28, 2013, to submit their bid proposals.

    “We are keen to find out which group will make the most advantageous offer to government. As we have said before, the more cooperation we have from the bidders, the sooner the public will enjoy the benefits of our projects,” Sagcal said.

    The MCIA project will modernize the country’s second-largest aviation hub and the gateway to the Visayas, with the construction of a new world-class international passenger terminal building having an 8 million annual passenger capacity.

    It will also renovate the existing terminal building, which has been operating at overcapacity with 6.7 million passengers going through the 4.5 million passenger capacity structure in 2012.

    Rosalie C. Periabras

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