PPP: DOTC to decide on bundling of airport deals this Feb

The government will decide within the February on the project bundling of P116.23-billion worth of contracts to develop, operate and maintain six regional airports.

Once the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) releases the invitation documents and information memorandum for the deals within this month, prospective bidders can start preparing their bids for the airport projects which include the P4.57-billion New Bohol (Panglao) Airport; the P5.81-billion Puerto Princesa Airport; the P14.62-billion Laguindingan Airport; the P20.26-billion Bacolod-Silay International Airport; P30.40-billion Iloilo Airport; and the P40.47-billion Davao International Airport.

In a statement, DOTC spokesperson Michael Sagcal said: “Instructions to prospective bidders, which include the invitation documents and information memorandum, will be issued within the month. This is to provide interested parties with the information that may be useful to them in making their bids.”

In a separate statement, DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya said they will release the instructions to prospective bidders before the end of the month. The instructions will detail what packages will include what. 

The initial project information memorandum published by the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center last December 23 said that the DOTC and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said that their “preference is to have two packages consisting of three airport facilities,” each bundle having a total traffic of at least 4.5 million passengers annually. 

According to this memorandum, the first package will consist of Puerto Princesa, Iloilo and Bacolod airports, which have annual throughput of 4.5 million passengers, with international traffic generated by Puerto Princesa and Iloilo airports. 

On the other hand, the second package will include Davao, Laguindingan and New Bohol (Panglao) airports, having an annual throughput of 5 million passengers annually. International traffic for this bundle will come from Davao and New Bohol airports. 

Mr. Sagcal said one-on-one meetings will be held in March, after the release of the instructions to prospective bidders.

“This is where prospective bidders can voice out their concerns and discuss strategies privately,” he said. 

To date, four investors have already expressed interest in the airport deals: Megawide Construction Corp., Ayala Corp., Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and MTD Philippines, Inc.