PPP: Submission deadline for CLLEX project moved anew

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has again extended the deadline for the submission of prequalification documents for the proposed P15-billion Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX), which will link Tarlac to Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija.

According to DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, the deadline for the submission of qualification documents for the project has been deferred to February 23 instead of February 9 to give interested bidders more time to prepare their documents.

Previously, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson extended the deadline to February 9 instead of February 2 to allow the agency to respond to additional queries on the project. 

“This is to preclude any issue that may arise later during the procurement process. We have to address all the issues or concerns being raised, otherwise, these may again be the causes of the delay in project implementation,” he said.

The January 19 schedule for the submission of prequalification documents for the first phase of CLLEX was called off due to the scheduled Papal visit to the Philippines. This was rescheduled to February 2.

Some contractors and bidders have requested that they be given ample time to secure or acquire necessary documents from the country of origin due to the long Christmas holidays.

The P14.9-billion CLLEX Phase I project would cover a 30.7-kilometer, four-lane expressway stretching from Tarlac to Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija, while the P14.2-billion Phase II would cover the construction and operation as well as the maintenance (O&M) of a 23-kilometer, two-lane expressway from Cabanatuan City to San Jose City in Nueva Ecija. 

Phase I would be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) while Phase II would be implemented under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

CLLEX forms an important lateral (east-west) link of overall High Standard Highway network within the 200-kilometer radius from Metro Manila.

The proposed expressway would start at the end of the 94-kilometer Subic-Clark-Tarlac expressway (SCTEX) up to the 88.85-kilometer Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union expressway (TPLEX).