Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Expanding Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA)

The government on Friday released the guidelines under which prospective bidders to the expanding Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) may get to physically inspect the facilities of the country's second largest airport, starting today, January 28.

Prospective bidders consider such inspection of paramount importance and were told by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) they have one month or until February 18 to do what they must.

In a supplemental bulletin issued on January 23, 2013, lawyer Jose Perpetuo M. Lotilla, undersecretary for legal affairs and chairman of the Pre-Qualification Bids and Awards Committee, acknowledged the exercise will allow interested parties to familiarize themselves with actual site conditions at the MCIA necessary for making an intelligent bid.

But rules specify only those who have purchased so-called invitation documents known as Instructions To Prospective Bidders or ITPB may get to inspect the airport facilities and only those who have formally requested may do so under as set of strictures issued by the PQBA.

For instance, ocular inspections happen only on Thursdays and Friday from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon for a team of authorized representatives no more than five.

Video recorders are prohibited although photos may be taken subject to prior MCIA permission.

The government also reserved the right to deny access to certain areas of the airport under relevant restrictions issued by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation, Bureau of Customs, the Bureau of Quarantine, the Civil Aviation Authority and other lawful authorities at the airport.

The guidelines were silent on the matter of allowing groups with interests, regardless of extent, in airline operations to participate in the exercise.

Prospective participants such as the JG Summit Group and San Miguel Corp. have been initially excluded from participation although their executives told reporters the exclusion provision is under appeal.

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