Opening of bids for Bulacan airport starts in line with Swiss Challenge

The opening of bids for the New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project that will rise in Bulacan commences today, 31 July 2019, at the DOTr Central Office in Clark, Pampanga.

This follows the Swiss Challenge set by the DOTr for local and international companies to serve as potential challengers to San Miguel Holdings Corporation, after it has been granted the Original Proponent Status for its unsolicited proposal for the financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the NMIA.

The project aims to build a new international gateway with an ultimate design capacity of 100 million passengers annually. The NMIA is part of the “basket of solutions” of the DOTr to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The NMIA is expected to be operational within four to six years from the start of construction, which is targeted before the end of this year.

The Bids and Awards Committee, led by DOTr Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, is comprised of DOTr Usec. for Planning and Project Development Ruben Reinoso Jr., Asec. for Legal Affairs Mark Steven Pastor, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Deputy Director General for Operations Donaldo Mendoza, CAAP DDG for Administration Ricardo Banayat, and DOTr Procurement, Planning and Management Division Chief Zenaida Biteng.

Other officials present at the opening of bids are Commission on Audit (COA) Supervising Auditor Renato Rosales, Government Association of Certified Public Accountants (GACP) President Fidela Tan, Philippine Construction Association (PCA) President Morris Agoncillo, and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center Representative Ferdinand Pecson. DOTR