The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) today said that a rebidding for the consultancy services for the civil works of LRT2 Masinag Extension is possible as only one prospective bidder managed to obtain a business permit for 2013 in time for the submission of eligibility documents.
Last December, the DOTC solicited prospective bidders for the P350 million consultancy services for the project and set January 7 as the deadline for submission and opening of eligibility documents.
According to bidding rules, the DOTC-BAC Primary shall draw up a list of 5 prospective bidders from those who have submitted Expression of Interest and eligibility documents and have been determined as eligible in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act and its revised implementing rules and regulations.
With 5 shortlisted participants, there will be more competition during bidding, thereby encouraging the submission of lower proposals. In contrast, having only one bidder means that it can submit a proposal equivalent to the maximum project cost, leaving government with no choice.
“Unfortunately, only one of the companies which purchased eligibility documents qualified, because the 4 other bidders failed to renew their 2013 mayor’s permits at the time of submission of eligibility documents,” DOTC said. “Under procurement law, the government can declare a failure of bid and rebid the project when only one entity is shortlisted, in order to foster more competition.”
The LRT2 Masinag Extension Project entails the extension of the existing 13.8-kilometer system by 4.2 kilometers eastward from the existing Santolan Station on Marcos Highway in Pasig City.
Two additional stations will be constructed along with the elevated viaduct that connects them from Santolan Station to its new terminal at the intersection of Marcos Highway and Sumulong Highway in Masinag, Cainta, Rizal.