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PPA seeks Iloilo, Negros Occidental port managers

  • The Philippine Ports Authority is seeking port managers for Fort San Pedro in Iloilo and Pulupundan in Negros Occidental
  • Each of the contract covers 15 years
  • The minimum concession fee for Fort San Pedro port is P893.329 million and for Pulupandan port, P597.068 million
  • A pre-bid conference will be held on October 4, with deadline for submission of bids on October 18, also the date of bid opening

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is seeking bidders to manage the ports of Fort San Pedro in Iloilo and Pulupundan in Negros Occidental. Each contract will cover a 15-year period.

The contract for baseport Fort San Pedro encompasses stevedoring services, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) cargo services, bagging services, container terminal management, passenger terminal management, porterage services, storage management, waste and shore reception facility management, water distribution services, weighbridge facility, and ancillary and other related services.

PPA is also rebidding the concession contract for Pulupandan port, whose first bidding in August was declared a failure after withdrawal of the lone bidder.

The contract for Pulupandan covers stevedoring services, Ro-Ro cargo services, bagging services, storage management, waste and shore reception facility management, waterdistribution services, weighbridge facility, and ancillary and other related services.

For Fort San Pedro, the minimum concession fee is P893.329 million, with a minimum fee of P41.399 million for the first year of the contract.

For Pulupandan port, the minimum concession fee remains at P597.068, million with a minimum concession fee of P27.669 million.

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’ experience in cargo handling, passenger terminal building, and Ro-Ro operations.

A pre-bid conference for the port projects will be held on October 4. Deadline for submission of bids is October 18, also the date of the opening of bids.

Fort San Pedro is a baseport under the port management office (PMO) of Panay/Guimaras that handles domestic cargoes. For the first half of 2021, Fort San Pedro port handled 7,069 metric tons (MT) of cargoes and 15,307 twenty-foot equivalent units of containers, and serviced 24,434 Ro-Ro ships and 34 vessels.

Pulupandan port, which is under the PMO of Negros Occidental/Bacolod/ Banago/Bredco, is a small port that also handles domestic cargoes. In the first half of 2021, it handled 15 ships and 8,213 MT of cargoes.

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 guidelines for selecting and awarding contracts under PPA’s Port Terminal Management Regulatory Framework (PTMRF), which outlines new rules for terminal management contracts.

The guideline aims to ensure port services 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.

Aside from Fort San Pedro and Pulupandan ports, PPA earlier also opened the bidding for the port terminal management contracts of Puerto Princesa, Ormoc, Tabaco, Legazpi, Zamboanga, Iligan, Ozamiz, Calapan, Tacloban, Nasipit, and Matnog ports.

PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago earlier said they are privatizing operations of ports managed by PPA. Including the previous ones already bid out, Santiago said the target is to bid out a total of 25 port terminal management contracts before the end of the current administration’s term next year. – Roumina Pablo

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