Court asked to stop bidding of Cebu airport project-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A TAXPAYER from Bulacan asked a Mandaluyong City court on Thursday to stop the government from bidding on August 28 the P17.5-billion expansion and rehabilitation of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA), the country's second busiest.
In a petition for injunction, Danilo Cruz said the Pre Bid and Awards Committee (PBAC) of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) violated Republic Act 7118 (Build Operate Transfer law) for holding two one-on-one meetings with each of the seven pre-qualified bidders from June 21 to August 1.
DOTC officials, on the other hand, scheduled meetings with the pre-qualified bidders starting on Friday (MPIC-JGS Airport Holdings, Inc.) in Mandaluyong City.
Cruz did not discount the possibility of offering sweeteners to members of the PBAC during the one-on-one meetings, which "defeats the purpose of a public bidding and destroys the integrity of a strong honest-to-goodness public competition."
Last month, President Benigno Aquino III ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe allegations of Czech Ambassador Josef Rychtar that DOTC officials including Metro Rail Transit (MRT) General Manager Al Vitangcol III sought $30 million from Czech firm Inekon in exchange for the right to supply additional trains.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya could not be reached for comment.
Meanwhile, the following consortiums have until August 28 to submit their bid proposals for the airport project: AAA Airport Partners of the Ayala and Aboitiz groups and Houston airport operator ADC&HAS; Filinvest-CAI Consortium of the Gotianuns and Singapore’s Changi Airport; First Philippine Airports of the Lopez group and New Zealand’s Infratil Asia Limited airport operator; GMR Infrastructure and Megawide Consortium, which includes India’s Delhi Airport’s operator.
Also in the list are MPIC-JGS Airport Holdings, Inc. with France’s Aeroports de Lyon;SM-led Premier Airport Group, which includes Switzerland’s Zurich Airport operators; and San Miguel-Incheon Airport Consortium, led by the SMC conglomerate and the operator of South Korea’s Incheon Airport.
The project entails the construction of a new world-class international passenger terminal building with a capacity of about eight million passengers per year; renovation and expansion of the existing terminal; installation of all the required equipment; and the operation of both new and existing facilities.
The airport has a capacity of 4.5 million passengers but this was surpassed in 2010 when it accommodated more than five million passengers. It welcomed 2.41 million people in the first four months of 2013. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)