NEDA: No unsolicited bids for Manila airport

The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) has advised against considering unsolicited proposals from parties interested in constructing the New Manila International Airport (NMIA).

In his letter of recommendation to Transportation  Secretary Arthur P. Tugade dated October 27, 2016, Neda Undersecretary and, at that time, officer in charge, Rolando G. Tungpalan responded to the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) request to review the unsolicited airport proposal made by San Miguel Holdings Corp. (SMHC).

“Given the numerous proposals received with regard to the development of the NMIA, you may wish to subject the project to a competitive bidding rather than through unsolicited mode, unless SMHC has been accorded by your department an original proponent status,” the letter said.

Currently, there are at least five groups keen on undertaking the construction of the NMIA: SMCH, which is reviving its $10-billion airport proposal in Bulacan under the Aquino administration; the DM Wenceslao group, which proposed a combined airport and shipping port project in Sangley; and the Sy and Tieng group, which proposed a $50-billion airport and economic zone in Sangley.

Furthermore according to NEDA, the New San Jose Builders group has also proposed to include an airport in its Manila Bay flood defense project, while the Okada group is looking to increase its investments in the country by participating in the bidding for the NMIA.

If the DOTr decides to conduct competitive bidding for the project, this means that the performance requirements or project specifications will be drawn up by the government.

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Source: Business Mirror