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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has moved again the pre-bid conference on the Swiss bidding challenge to San Miguel Holdings Corp’s (SMHC) unsolicited proposal to build an airport in Bulacan.

In a general bid bulletin dated May 14 but published online on May 30, DOTr special bids and awards committee chairperson Giovanni Lopez said the pre-bid conference has been moved from the previous May 9 to June 20 at the transport department’s office in Clark, Pampanga.

DOTr last April started inviting local and international companies to submit, under a Swiss bidding challenge process, comparative proposals to finance, design, construct, operate, and maintain the proposed New Manila International Airport (NMIA) in Bulakan, Bulacan under a 50-year concession period.

Interested companies will have the chance to challenge original proponent SMHC’s unsolicited proposal, which has a total project cost of P735.63 billion under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) arrangement. As an unsolicited proposal, the project has to undergo Swiss challenge where other parties can challenge the proposal.

DOTr said SMHC is proposing a new international gateway that will have an ultimate design capacity for 100 million passengers.

The new airport will have airside facilities with an ultimate configuration of four parallel runways supported by associated airside facilities; aviation-related equipment and support facilities; and an eight/kilometer airport toll road linking the air hub to the North Luzon Expressway.

SMHC’s proposed air complex is seen to eventually replace the Philippines’ congested main air hub Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

The single-stage qualification and competitive bidding for NMIA will be conducted in accordance with Republic Act No. 7718, or the Philippine BOT Law, and its revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

If a better bid proposal is submitted, the original proponent has the right to match it, in accordance with the BOT law and its revised IRR.

Swiss challenge documents are available at DOTr’s Clark office until July 31, 2019. Prospective comparative proponents must accomplish the required forms, submit all documentary requirements, and pay the non-refundable fee of P10 million.

Proposals may be submitted on or before July 31 at 10 a.m., and will be opened on the same date.

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