The Philippine Ports Authority is looking bidders for the 15-year port terminal management contract of Pulupandan port in Negros Occidental
The contract covers management and operation of cargo-handling, roll-on/roll-off, and other port-related services
The project’s minimum concession fee is P597.068 million
For the first year of the contract, the minimum concession fee is P27.669 million
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is seeking bidders for the port terminal management contract of Pulupandan port in Negros Occidental.
In an invitation to bid, PPA said the 15-year concession contract covers the management and operation of cargo-handling, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro), and other port-related services at Pulupandan port.
The project involves stevedoring services, Ro-Ro cargo services, bagging services, storage management, waste and shore reception facility management, water distribution services, weighbridge facility, and ancillary and other related services.
The minimum concession fee for the project is P597.068 million, with a minimum concession fee of P27.669 million for the first year of the contract. All concession fee amounts are exclusive of all taxes.
Bids below the minimum concession will be automatically rejected.
Bidders must have at least two years of experience in cargo handling and Ro-Ro operations.
The bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in PPA Administrative Order (AO) No. 12-2018, as amended.
AO 12-2018 provides the guidelines for selecting and awarding contracts under PPA’s Port Terminal Management Regulatory Framework (PTMRF), which outlines the new rules for terminal management contracts.
The guideline aims to ensure port services to be provided will meet global standards and the selection of port terminal management contracts is competitive and transparent.
PTMRF, provided under AO 03-2016, seeks to provide higher quality port service by promoting private sector participation. Under this framework, investments in ports are to be categorized into six tiers, ranging from a fully private concession to a fully PPA-managed port, to make it easier to determine the investment arrangements of a port.
A pre-bid conference for the port project will be held on August 9. Deadline for submission of bids is on August 23, also the date of the opening of bids.
Pulupandan port, which is under the port management office of Negros Occidental/Bacolod/ Banago/Bredco, is a small port that handles domestic cargoes.
In 2020, Pulupandan port handled 20,460 metric tons (MT) of cargoes and serviced 30 vessels. In the first quarter of 2021, the port handled seven shipcalls and 1,197 MT of cargo.
Aside from Pulupandan port, PPA earlier also opened the bidding for the port terminal management contracts of Puerto Princesa, Ormoc, Tabaco, Legazpi, Zamboanga, Iligan, Ozamiz, Calapan, Tacloban, and Matnog ports.
PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago early last March said they are privatizing operations of ports managed by PPA.