The timetable for the bidding process for six provincial airport projects has been set, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said. The deadline for the submission of qualification documents is scheduled on May 18 while the deadline for the submission of bids has yet to be finalized. The Notice of Award is expected to be issued by March 2016.
Government has decided to split the bidding for the operation and maintenance of the six provincial airports worth $2.8 billion into two packages to ensure that all the projects are awarded to competent players.
The $232 million Puerto Princesa airport project, however, was removed from the two packages.
Transportation Undersecretary Jose Perpetuo Lotilla said the inclusion of the Puerto Princesa project in the bidding process has been put on hold until further notice.
“Please be advised that the inclusion of the Puerto Princesa airport in the bidding process is being held in abeyance until further notice,” he said.
Package A includes the Iloilo, and Bacolod-Silay airports while Package B comprises of the Davao, Laguindingan, and New Bohol airports worth $1.5 billion.
The DOTC said the 30-year concession contract will be awarded through a bidding following the rules and procedures prescribed under Republic Act 6957 as amended by RA 7718 otherwise known as the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law.
The DOTC, through the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, will enter into concession agreements on the operation and maintenance, and possible expansion of the airports to private operators.