Bidding for Cebu airport project moved to end-September-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
ISSUES raised during the one-on-one consultations last week with seven pre-qualified bidders prompted the government to postpone the bidding for the P17.2-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) rehabilitation project to late September.
The bidding was earlier scheduled on Wednesday.
"It is the lengthy one-on-ones with the bidders to ensure viability and fair competition that has pushed back a little the finalization of the concession agreement (CA)," said Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya in a text message on Tuesday.
He said "some" of the concerns of the pre-qualified firms will be incorporated in the agreement. A report said real property tax was one of the issues brought by those interested in the first airport project under the public-private partnership (PPP) deal.
Abaya also dismissed speculations that the rescheduling was made to frustrate the case filed by a certain Danilo Cruz in a Mandaluyong City court, who wanted the August 28 bidding stopped out of fear the alleged closed-door meetings with the bidders will result in favoritism.
"We are merely rescheduling the bidding date. The concession agreement will be finalized by the end of August and it’s mandatory for the government to give at least 30 days after issuing the final CA before bidding," Abaya said.
The pre-qualified groups are 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.
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 will also take part in the bidding.
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.
Abaya is confident the project will be auctioned off this year. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)