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PPA seeks Calapan port operator

  • The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is inviting bidders for the port terminal management contract of Calapan port in Oriental Mindoro
  • The 15-year concession contract covers management and operation of cargo-handling, passenger, roll-on/roll-off, and other related services at Calapan port
  • The minimum concession fee for the project is P1.5 billion and interested bidders must have at least a two-year experience in cargo handling, passenger terminal building, and Ro-Ro operations
  • A pre-bid conference for the project will be held on May 4 and deadline for submission of bids, as well as the opening of bids, is May 18

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is inviting bidders for the port terminal management contract of Calapan port in Oriental Mindoro.

In an invitation to bid, PPA said the 15-year concession contract covers the management and operation of cargo-handling, passenger, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro), and other port-related services at Calapan port.

The project involves stevedoring services, bagging services, container terminal management, passenger terminal management, Ro-Ro cargo services, porterage 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 P1.490 billion, with a minimum concession fee of P40.783 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.

Interested bidders should submit a letter of intent and must have at least two years of experience in cargo handling, passenger terminal building (PTB), 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 May 4. Deadline for submission of bids, as well as the opening of bids, is May 18.

Calapan port is the main gateway to Oriental Mindoro and handles fast craft and roll-on/roll-off vessels.

PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago earlier said a PTB is being constructed in Calapan port that can handle a little over 3,000 passengers at one time. An access road to the port was also completed last year.

Aside from Calapan port, PPA earlier also opened the bidding for the port terminal management contracts of Puerto Princesa, Ormoc, Tobaco, Legazpi, Zamboanga, Iligan and Ozamiz.

PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago early last March said they are privatizing operations of ports managed by PPA. He said bidding for the port terminal management contract of Puerto Princesa port is over and bids are currently undergoing post-evaluation. The processing of bids for the port terminal management contracts of Legazpi, Tabaco, and Ormoc ports is also finished.

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