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Zamboanga port contract worth P2.49B up for bid

  • The Philippine Ports Authority is bidding out the management and operation contract for the Zamboanga port using new bidding guidelines for terminal management contracts
  • The contract will be in effect for 15 years with a minimum concession fee of P2.49 billion, exclusive of all taxes
  • A pre-bid conference will be held on March 2, 2021 and deadline for submission of bids, as well as opening of bids, will be on March 17

The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is bidding out the contract on the management and operation of Zamboanga port using the agency’s new bidding rules for terminal management contracts.

PPA is inviting potential bidders to submit a letter of intent to join the public bidding on the management and operations of cargo-handling, passenger, roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro), and other port-related services at Zamboanga port.

The contract will be in effect for 15 years with a minimum concession fee of P2.49 billion, exclusive of all taxes.

For the first year of the contract, the minimum concession fee is P90.234 million, exclusive of all taxes.

Bids below the minimum concession will be automatically rejected.

The project involves arrastre and 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.

Interested bidders of the port contract should 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 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 will be held on March 2, 2021 and deadline for submission of bids, as well as the opening of bids, will be on March 17.

Aside from Zamboanga port, PPA earlier also opened the bidding for the port terminal management contract of the ports of Puerto Princesa, Ormoc, Tobaco and Legazpi. – Roumina Pablo

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