Clark airport upgrade still for public bidding, Tugade clarifies

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Thursday called erroneous a news report stating that the building of a new terminal at Clark International Airport (CIA) will proceed without public bidding.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade clarified in a statement released Thursday that the operations and maintenance of the said airport will still be bidded out in the future.

What the DOTr will no longer do is entertain unsolicited proposals for the project, he said.

Tugade prefers that the government first develop CIA rather than risk delays in the event a bidding involving private sector players would lead to litigation that would eventually place the project on hold.

“This ‘hybrid’ mode of implementation means that the government will not entertain multi-billion peso offers to develop Clark airport and develop it on its own before bidding out the operation and maintenance component. This will enable government to fast-track projects without the risk of delay brought about by possible lawsuits filed by losing bidders,” the DOTr secretary said.

Tugade said Megawide-GMR and JG Summit-Filinvest will be informed of the new policy.

Megawide-GMR is the consortium of Megawide Construction Corporation and Bangalore-based airport operator GMR Infrastructure Limited that submitted in July 2016 an unsolicited proposal to develop, operate, and maintain the CIA.

JG Summit-Filinvest is the consortium of Filinvest and JG Summit Holdings Inc. that also submitted a similar proposal to develop the airport.

The development of the CIA now falls under the jurisdiction and responsibility of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and remains to be one of the priority infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration. The BCDA targets to open the new terminal by 2019.