2 big con­sor­tia vy­ing for Clark Air­port O&M

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT

Two big con­sor­tia – X-Droid and North Lu­zon Air­port – sub­mit­ted bids (out of the 10 that bought bid doc­u­ments) yes­ter­day for the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance (O & M) of Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port Air­port’s ex­ist­ing pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nal, and the new ter­mi­nal build­ing that will be oper­a­tional by 2020

The X-Droid Con­sor­tium mem­bers are Angkasa Pura II, Glob­al­port 900, Mazy’s Cap­i­tal, and Desco Inc.

Con­sor­tium mem­ber Angkasa Pura (San­skrit for Sky City) is a state en­ter­prise of the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment un­der the De­part­ment of Trans­port that are re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of air­ports in In­done­sia. Glob­al­port 900 is a Filipino firm owned by busi­ness­man Michael Romero. Mazy’s Cap­i­tal Inc. is the in­vest­ment arm of the Zest-O Cor­po­ra­tion, owned by ty­coon Al­fredo Yao. Desco Inc. is an en­ergy ser­vice com­pany which caters to the needs of geo­ther­mal, oil and gas projects.

On the other hand, the North Lu­zon Air­port Con­sor­tium mem­bers are Fil­in­vest De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, JG Sum­mit Hold­ings, Inc., Philip­pine Air­port Ground Sup­port So­lu­tions, Inc. (PAGSS), and Changi Air­port Philip­pines Pte. Ltd.

Con­sor­tium mem­ber JG Sum­mit Hold­ings Inc. owns Cebu Pa­cific Air, the coun­try’s largest air­line of the Gokong­wei Group. PAGSS is en­gaged in Ground Han­dling Ser­vices lo­cated at the Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Changi Air­port Philip­pines is a lo­cal unit of Sin­ga­pore’s Changi Air­port In­ter­na­tional. Fil­in­vest De­vel­op­ment Corp. is a lo­cal con­glom­er­ate owned by the Go­tia­nun Group.

Both groups sub­mit­ted two sets of fi­nan­cial and tech­ni­cal doc­u­ments.

Af­ter check­ing the com­plete­ness of el­i­gi­bil­ity doc­u­ments of both bid­ders, the Spe­cial Bids and Awards Com­mit­tee (SBAC) of the Bases Con­ver­sion and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity and the De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion will then thor­oughly eval­u­ate the el­i­gi­bil­ity doc­u­ments sub­mit­ted.

BCDA Se­nior Vice-Pres­i­dent Joshua Bing­cang said the sec­ond stage of the bid­ding is the open­ing of tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial pro­posal for those who will pass the pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion stage.

The com­mit­tee is ex­pected to no­tify in one week’s time the pre­qual­i­fied bid­ders, said Bing­cang. The O&M con­tract is tar­geted to be awarded by De­cem­ber 2018.

Upon award, the O&M Con­ces­sion­aire will fi­nance, de­sign and com­plete all “fitout” for the ex­ist­ing and new pas­sen­ger ter­mi­nals. A con­sor­tium mem­ber af­fil­i­ated with an air­line is re­quired no more than 33 per­cent share in the con­sor­tium.

The com­mit­tee has eased a cou­ple of re­quire­ments like the Sky­trax rat­ing for an air­port op­er­a­tor con­sor­tium mem­ber to be in the top 50 from 20 to en­cour­age more par­tic­i­pants.

The com­mit­tee has also re­duced the eq­uity stake of the air­port con­ces­sion­aire con­sor­tium mem­ber to 15 per­cent from 20 per­cent.

The Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port is set to be the next pre­mier gate­way to Asia and will open in the first half of 2020. The air­port’s new ter­mi­nal build­ing is the first of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hy­brid in­fra­struc­ture projects, and com­ple­ments other high-im­pact legacy projects in Cen­tral Lu­zon such as New Clark City and the Su­bic-Clark Rail­way.

Ac­cord­ing to the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship Cen­ter the air­port project has a P5.61 bil­lion in­dica­tive cost.

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