PPP: Shortlist of LRT-2 bidders readied

Eleven groups could participate in the opening of qualification documents for the Light Rail Transit 2 (LRT-2) Operations and Maintenance Project, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said.

“There could be 11 companies that will participate in the opening of qualification documents for the LRT-2 O&M PPP (public-private partnership) project, scheduled at 2:00 PM tomorrow, January 27,” said DOTC spokesman Michael Arthur C. Sagcal.

The 11 groups are San Miguel Corp.; GT Capital Holdings, Inc.; Light Rail Manila Holdings; Marubeni Corp.; RATP Development; DM Consunji, Inc.; APT Global, Inc.; Globalvia; Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.; RATP Transdev Group; and RATP Transdev Asia.

Led by Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), Light Rail Manila Consortium earlier won a P64.9-billion deal to extend the LRT-1 and the P1.72-billion Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS).

Last December, Metro Pacific tapped French metro operator RATP Dev as a partner in their bid to bag the LRT-2 operation and maintenance contract.

It is not clear why RATP Development, RATP Transdev Group and RATP Transdev Asia bought their own bid documents.

Based on Philippine bidding rules, a group seeking to corner a PPP deal should not be a member of more than one consortium vying for the same contract.

“They just bought bid documents in this case, we would not know their circumstances until tomorrow,” said Mr. Sagcal.