Contractors invited to turn old tourism office into museum

Posted on August 13, 2015

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM has invited contractors to renovate the old Department of Tourism (DoT) office into the planned National Museum of Natural History.

The old Department of Tourism office along T. M. Kalaw Avenue in Manila is closed off to the public in this photo taken September 2014. The government -- through the National Museum -- plans to turn the building into the National Museum of Natural History. -- BW File Photo
In a bid invitation published in a major newspaper on Wednesday, the Philippines’ cultural regulatory agency announced the auction for the P499.2-million project involving the architectural and interior design of the new museum.

“The expected time of completion is 180 calendar days,” the announcement read.

Prospective contractors are required to have a Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board (PCAB) license, size range Large B, Category AAA; they should also be certified and accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Contractors should also have completed at least one similar contract within five years, valued at least 50% of the National Museum project.

Bidding will be conducted using non-discretionary pass or fail criterion under the Government Procurement Reform Act. The complete set of bidding documents will be available until Sept. 5, for a non-refundable fee of P50,000.

The opening of bid proposals will be on Sept. 7, 10:00 a.m. at the National Art Gallery along Padre Burgos Avenue, Manila. A pre-bidding conference will be held before that on Aug. 17, 10:00 a.m.

The invitation stated that the National Museum “reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any minor informality therein” and assumes no obligation for expenses or losses incurred during the bidding proceedings.

The Museum of Natural History, a science-focused museum that will house collections of biological specimens, will take over the former DoT building along Agrifina Circle in Rizal Park once it is completely retrofitted.

It will be located across the Museum of the Filipino People (the former Department of Finance building), and near the National Gallery of Art (the former Senate building). -- Vince Alvic Alexis F. Nonato