PPA declares failure of bidding for Romblon ports

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Carmen port. Screengrab from PPA Port Management Office-Batangas Engineering Services Division's video.
  • The Philippine Ports Authority declared a failure of bidding for the 15-year concession of two clustered ports in Romblon
  • No bidder purchased bid documents and dropped bids for the clustered ports of Romblon and Ambulong
  • The eligibility and technical bid by the lone bidder for the clustered ports of Tablas (Odiongan) and Carmen was rated failed

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) declared failure of bidding for the 15-year concession of two clusters of ports in Romblon.

In two resolutions approved and adopted on May 10, the PPA Bids and Awards Committee-Port Terminal Management Contract declared failure of bidding for the clustered ports of Tablas (Odiongan) and Carmen, and the clustered ports of Romblon and Ambulong.

No bidder purchased bid documents and dropped bids for the clustered ports of Romblon and Ambulong.

For the clustered ports of Tablas and Carmen, Golden Pea Arrastre and Stevedoring Services (GPASS) and the joint venture of TCSC Corp. and Roadbook Centre Inc. secured bid documents but only GPASS submitted its bid.

During the bid opening on May 6, GPASS’s eligibility and technical bid was rated “failed” for various reasons, including, among others, failure to meet at least two years’ experience in providing port terminal management services/cargo-handling services or other related port services, and failure to meet the paid-up capital.

Under PPA Administrative Order (AO) No. 12-2018, which provides the guidelines for selecting and awarding contracts under PPA’s Port Terminal Management Regulatory Framework (PTMRF), the BAC must declare the bidding a failure and conduct a rebidding when no eligibility and/or bid proposals were received, or if all bids failed to comply with bid requirements.

The resolutions also recommended the conduct of a mandatory review and evaluation of the terms and conditions of the bid documents and conduct of a rebidding.

Aside from the two clusters of Romblon ports, PPA also recently for the second time declared failure of bidding for the clustered ports of Balingoan and Jasaan in Misamis Oriental.

READ: Bidding for clustered Misamis ports fails anew

The 15-year contracts cover the management and operation of cargo-handling, passenger, roll-on/roll-off, and other port services at the port cluster of Tablas and Carmen, and port cluster of Romblon and Ambulong.

READ: PPA opens bids for port contracts in Bacolod, Romblon

Under PPA AO 03-2023, the clustering of port terminal management at several ports may be included to ensure commercial viability of the contractor. The clustering of ports for bidding will be within the same port management office and shall take into consideration the complementary ports/terminal sub-ports, as well as volume of vessels, cargoes, and passengers.

The port clusters fall under Tier 3 of the PTMRF, which means the contactor handles above-ground fixtures and mobile-handling equipment for a 15-year concession period.

Other port clusters that PPA had bid out include the clustered ports of Jagna, Tapal, Ubay, Talibon, and Getafe in Bohol, which has already been awarded to the winning bidder, and the cluster of Balbagon, Benoni, and Guinsiliban, in Camiguin.

PPA since 2020 has been bidding out port terminal management contracts under PTMRF. PPA has so far has bid out 20 ports and three port clusters. Of these, one is under Tier 1 (Iloilo Commercial Port Complex), one port was under Tier 2 (Davao), while 18 ports were under Tier 3 including Puerto Princesa, Ormoc, Tabaco, Legazpi, Zamboanga, Iligan, Ozamiz, Calapan, Tacloban, Nasipit, Matnog, Fort San Pedro, Pulupandan, Surigao, Masao, Tagbilaran, Pagadian, and Pasig River ports.