6 groups vie for P51-B PNR Clark Phase 2

Published October 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Emmie V. Abadilla

Five international firms plus one local company yesterday submitted bids for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 2 Contract Packages 4 (worth P32.7 billion) and 5 (P18.1 billion) with a combined worth of P50.8 billion.

The bidders include Acciona (Spain), EEI (Philippines), GS Engineering & Construction (Korea), Posco Engineering & Construction (Korea), PT Waskita (Indonesia) and PT Wika (Indonesia).

PNR Clark Phase 2 is a 53-kilometer segment from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga and will feature the country’s first airport express railway service. It is part of the P777.55 billion North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR), a mega network spanning 148 kilometers with 37 stations.

Contract Package 4 consists of 8 kilometers and includes Clark International Airport Station. Contract Package 5 consists of the NSCR’s Clark Depot.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) targets to award both packages to the winning bidder within the first quarter of 2020, with construction expected to start next year.

The DOTr also reported a record turnout of 11 international and local bidders for Contract Packages 1-3 in August and expects to award these to bidders by December, this year.

PNR Clark Phase 2 is expected to be partially operational by 2022, reduce travel time between Malolos, Bulacan and Clark International Airport to 30-35 minutes. It will also slash travel time from Buendia in Makati to Clark Airport from 2 hours via car to 55 minutes through the airport express. It will serve 340,000 passengers daily in its opening year.

Before 2019 ends, DOTr is scheduling more contract packages for bid submission and publication. These include bid submissions for PNR Calamba Package 1 (1 kilometer including Blumentritt Station) on November 5, 2019, and the start of bidding for the NSCR’s 304 Commuter Train Cars, 56 Airport Express Train Cars, and Electromechanical Systems within the last quarter of 2019.

“So far, the turnout of bidders for Packages 1-5 of PNR Clark Phase 2 is proof that competition and value for taxpayers’ money are enhanced with a bidding process that is transparent, fair, and corruption-free,” remarked DOTr Undersecretary for Railways TJ Batan.

“The vibrant turnout of proponents yet again for Contract Packages 4 and 5 reflects the solid support and trust of the international infrastructure industry in the administration. With a robust competition, we also raise the standard of quality of our infrastructure,” added PNR General Manager Junn Magno.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are co-financing the NSCR, which the DOTr and PNR will implement. The Procurement Service – Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) handles procurement for the project.