PPP: Timetable for airport projects under PPP firmed up

Deadline for submission of pre-qualification documents for the P114-billion worth of contracts to develop, operate and maintain six regional airports under the public-private partnership (PPP) program will be in May, said the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). 

According to PPP Center Director IV Project Development Service Christine V. Antonio, prospective bidders can start preparing their pre-qualification documents for the projects once the DOTC and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) release instructions to prospective bidders (ITPB) this week. 

The six regional airports include the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport (P2.34 billion); Puerto Princesa Airport (P5.81 billion); Laguindingan Airport (P14.62 billion); Bacolod (P20.26 billion); Iloilo Airport (P30.40 billion); and Davao Airport (P40.57 billion).

In a statement last week, Ms. Antonio said: “ITPB will be out next week, since we are targeting to set the pre-qualification documents submission deadline in May.”

“Bidders will then have time to prepare their documents and study which of the initial bundling they are eyeing or propose how to bundle the airports,” she added.

She said that after the pre-qualification stage, one-on-one meetings will be held so prospective bidders can discuss which of the six regional airports should be bundled.

Last February, DOTC and CAAP, through a presentation during Philippine Infrastructure Seminar in Makati City, showed they have grouped the offerings into two packages: Package A consisted of Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, and Bacolod-Silay airports cumulatively worth P56.47 billion; while Package B was made up of Davao, Laguindingan, and New Bohol (Panglao) airports worth P57.53 billion.

“Our preference is to have two packages consisting of three airport facilities,” with each bundle having a total traffic of “at least 4.5 million passengers annually,” the implementing agencies said in a December 23 project information memorandum uploaded on the PPP Center’s website.

Ms. Antonio said the packages weren’t finalized yet.

“If it’s a deal breaker for qualified bidders and they don’t like how the projects are bundled, we still deliberate on re-bundling,” she said.

“As of now, we are moving forward with those two bundles. In case of a re-bundling, we will issue a bid bulletin regarding the changes,” she added. 

Ms. Antonio noted that the packages just serve as a recommendation of the government to prospective bidders, but they would still have to deliberate with them through one-on-one meetings.