New auction ordered for bay reclamation study

Posted on February 22, 2016

THE PHILIPPINE Reclamation Authority (PRA) will hold a fresh auction for the P408.43-million consultancy contract to study how Manila Bay and communities around it can be affected by reclamation projects, after no parties qualified in the first round.

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Five groups submitted eligibility documents on Feb. 2 -- Certeza Infosys Corp., Pertconsult International, DHI Group, Inc., Royal Haskoning, and Ove Arup & Partners -- but no one complied with the documentary requirements.

Certeza Infosys filed a motion for reconsideration, which the bids and awards committee (BAC) denied, PRA Officer-in-Charge Assistant General Manager for Land Development, Construction Management and Technical Services Floro C. Urcia said in a mobile phone message over the weekend, declining to disclose the reason.

“We will repost a new RFEI (request for expression of interest),” said Mr. Urcia, who is also the BAC’s chairman.

Despite the failed auction, he said the agency is not going to revise the terms in the second round.

According to the first RFEI dated Jan. 12, the BAC must draw up a short list of five eligible consultants based on the following criteria: experience of the consulting firm, qualifications of principal and key staff, and current workload relative to capacity.

The consultant must be a reputable firm with at least 10 years of consulting business operation. In case of a joint venture or consortium/consortia, any member firm should have at least 10 years of consulting business, the PRA said.

Bids whose technical proposals pass the minimum technical rating of 75% will have their respective financial proposals opened and evaluated.

The contract shall be completed within 14 calendar months after receipt of Notice to Proceed, the agency said.

The contract, known as Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Planning and Engineering Studies for the Coastal Adaptation Strategy Formulation in the Manila Bay Area, will be used as a basis in evaluating proposed reclamation projects in the Manila Bay area.

These include a P338.8-billion public-private partnership project proposed by San Miguel Holdings Corp. and the builder of the Philippine Arena, New San Jose Builders, Inc., which aims to reclaim a part of Manila Bay, as well as build an expressway, a commercial area, a coastal sea barrier and flood control system. -- Daphne J. Magturo