MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) on Friday night awarded the P17.5 billion Mactan Cebu International Airport Project to the GMR-Megawide Consortium.
“Yes, DOTC has awarded to Megawide-GMR. All issues raised have been resolved and closed. We have informed all bidders how all issues were resolved and the decision of DOTC,” Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said in a text message.
“The DOTC and the MCIA board and the BAC came to that decision applying the rules, the law and the policies all in good faith with the best interest of the country and our people in mind,” he said.
The GMR-Megawide Consortium had emerged as the highest bidder after offering to undertake the project for P14.4 billion.
DOTC had scheduled the award on January 6 and the signing of the contract on February 6, but the second highest bidder – the Filinvest-Changi Consortium – complained that Megawide-GMR had a conflict of interest with another bidder, First Philippine Airport Consortium.
The GMR-Megawide Consortium is composed of India’s GMR Infrastructure Ltd and locally listed Megawide Construction Corp, while First Philippine Airports Consortium includes Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB). GMR and Malaysia Airports are partners in an airport project outside the Philippines.
The controversy reached the halls of the Senate, with one senator from Cebu province, Serge Osmena, pressing for an inquiry.
In a statement, Megawide chairman Michael Cosiquien said the group is “delighted to be awarded the Mactan-Cebu International Airport project.”
“We firmly believe that the GMR-Megawide Consortium has the right credentials and capabilities to undertake this prestigious project and deliver a world class airport that Cebuanos and Filipinos will be proud of,” he said.
“We would like to thank the DOTC on concluding a fair and transparent bid process in a highly professional manner. We would like to reiterate that the GMR-Megawide Consortium has faithfully observed all requirements set by DOTC and the Pre-qualification Bids and Awards Committee during the course of this bid and now look forward towards a successful undertaking of the project,” Cosiquien said.
“We believe that our strategic plan will result in the delivery of a very efficient, passenger-oriented and commercially sustainable airport that will provide the required capacity to meet significant growth through the redevelopment of the existing terminal and construction of a brand new terminal within three years,” Srinivas Bommidala, GMR chairman for the airports sector said in the same statement.
One of the Philippine government’s public-private partnership (PPP) projects, the Mactan airport venture involves the construction of a new world-class international passenger terminal building, with a capacity of about eight million passengers per year; renovation and expansion of the existing terminal; installation of all the required equipment; and the operation of both new and existing facilities. (MNS)