14 firms register for Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike project

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14 firms register for Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike project

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According to the PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao, 14 firms have so far registered to bid for the P122.8-billion (US$2.8 billion) Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike PPP project.

The 14 firms that are involved in the tender process are the following:

An invitation to pre-qualify for the project published on newspapers in late July showed the project consists of two parts, namely:

  • construction of a 47-kilometer flood control dike - on top of which will be a six-lane expressway - from Taguig City to Los Baños for about P64.914 billion (US$1.48 billion); and
  • reclamation of 700 hectares west of the expressway-dike for about P57.897 billion (US$1.32 billion) "to… create opportunities for developing a new business and residential area on reclaimed land, to enhance regional and urban development".

The project will be developed on a design, build, finance, operate and maintenance (DBFOM) basis for a period of 37 years. The concession agreement is scheduled to be signed by March 2015. Construction works are expected to start next year and the new road is expected to be finished by the end of 2021.

The tender process for the deal will consist of two stages. First, the government will qualify interested parties to submit proposals based on minimum legal,technical and financial requirements set by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). After this, the project will be bid out to shortlisted bidders.

The project is the latest offered to investors under the government's flagship infrastructure PPP program. Eight PPP projects have been awarded, so far:

Five others have been rolled out:

 

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