Three new companies have expressed interest in bidding for Philippine government projects involving the development, operation, and maintenance of five unbundled regional airports, all under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.
Attending the pre-qualification conference on March 13 as potential bidders were Filinvest Development Corp., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., and Asia’s Emerging Dragon Corp.
They join the five pre-qualified bidders from when the five airports were still an unbundled single project. These firms are Filinvest-Jatco-Sojitz Consortium, GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Consortium, Maya Consortium, Philippine Airports Consortium, and SMHC-IIAC Airport Consortium.
Filinvest-Jatco-Sojitz Consortium is composed of Filinvest Development Corporation, Japan Airport Terminal Co. Ltd, and Sojitz Corporation, while GMR Infrastructure is made up of Megawide Construction Corporation and GMR Infrastructure Singapore Pte. Limited.
Maya Consortium consists of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. and VINCI Airports SAS, and Philippine Airports Consortium is comprised of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Philippines Airport Management Company.
SMHC-IIAC Airport Consortium is a joint venture between San Miguel Holdings Corporation and Incheon International Airport Corporation.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) earlier clarified that pre-qualified bidders of the previously bundled projects are also considered pre-qualified for the unbundled projects, provided there are no changes in their legal, technical, and financial capacity.
DOTr last January announced the bidding out of the five regional airport projects after the National Economic and Development Authority Board approved their unbundling November 14, 2016.
These projects, with a combined cost of P108.18 billion, are the Bacolod-Silay, Davao, Iloilo, Laguindingan, and New Bohol (Panglao) airports.
Deadline for the submission of qualification documents is May 11, while submission of bid proposals is by December 8.
These PPP projects aim to improve the services of the regional airports by allowing the private sector to handle their operation and maintenance, as well as to enhance airside and landside facilities, in line with the government’s plan to develop international gateways in the countryside.
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