ONLY ONE PARTY, the joint venture of Sumitomo Corp. and Japan Transport Engineering Co. (J-Trec), submitted a bid for the contract to provide train sets for the Japan-funded North-South Commuter Railway Extension Project, the Transportation department said Monday.

The department made the announcement after a live-streamed bid opening Monday.

“Next will be the evaluation of the submitted bid,” Transportation Assistant Secretary Goddes Hope O. Libiran told BusinessWorld in a phone message.

She said the awarding of the contract is targeted for June.

The Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management started issuing bid documents on Sept. 15.

The contract covers the manufacture of 38 eight-car train sets. The contractor will also be required to provide technical support for the train sets.

The bid was to be accompanied by a bid security of one billion yen.

The Sumitomo-J-Trec joint venture signed a contract with the Transportation department to provide 240 train cars for the first phase of the Metro Manila Subway project.

The Japanese joint venture was also awarded in July 2019 the contract to provide 104 train cars for the Malolos-Tutuban segment of the North-South Commuter Railway project.

Sumitomo is one of the maintenance service providers of Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3), along with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. and TES Philippines, Inc. — Arjay L. Balinbin