Economy


Tuguegarao airport expansion, rehab contracts announced




Posted on April 06, 2015


THE TRANSPORTATION department is inviting registered contractors to participate in the auctions for two separate contracts worth a combined P56.65 million to rehabilitate and expand Tuguegarao Airport in Cagayan.

According to separate bid bulletins published on its Web site on Wednesday, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) rolled out the Tuguegarao Airport Development Project, consisting of a P45.99-million deal for the terminal upgrade and the P10.67-million project to widen the runway and taxiway.

Interested contractors should be “registered with and classified by the Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board to join in the procurement” of the projects. They will have until April 21, according to the notices, to buy bid tender documents.

The department’s Bids and Awards Committee has set a pre-bid conference for April 7 and a bid submission deadline of April 21 for both contracts.

The funding of the project, according to the notice, will come from the government through DoTC 2015 General Appropriations Act.

Prospective bidders must have a track record of having completed at least one contract similar to the projects being bid out, worth at least 50% of the approved budget for the contract, DoTC said.

Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using non-discretionary pass or fail criteria.

According to the bid bulletins, bidding for the two contracts is restricted to Filipino entities, or partnerships and organizations with at least 75% Filipino-controlled interest.

The DoTC reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and accept the offer most advantageous to the government. It also assumes no responsibility to compensate or indemnify bidders for any expenses incurred in the preparation of the bid.

This is part of the department’s plan to expand and modernize key secondary airports. Others lined up for upgrading are Roxas Airport, Iloilo International Airport, Bacolod International Airport, Surigao Airport, Butuan Airport, Ozamis Airport, Zamboanga International Airport, General Santos International Airport, and the Sanga-Sanga airport in Tawi-Tawi. The government has earmarked a total of P6 billion for their development.

About P20 billion has also been set aside for the expansion and modernization of Laoag International Airport, Naga Airport, Bicol International Airport, Tacloban Airport, Siargao Airport, Caticlan International Airport, Kalibo International Airport, Busuanga Airport and the San Vicente Airport in northwestern Palawan. -- Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz