₱4.8-Billion New Panglao Airport open to Japanese contractors

₱4.8-Billio New Panglao, Bohol Airport. Source: PPP.Gov.Ph

The Philippine government is inviting Japanese contractors to join the bidding for the 4.8-billion contract to build a new airport in Panglao Island, Bohol, a project funded by the Japanese government.

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There will be a single-stage bidding procedure for the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project such that there will be no pre-qualification stage.

But the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) stressed that only Japanese contractors are eligible as prime contractor for the project and Filipinos or other nationalities can be eligible as sub-contractors.

The project, funded through a loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), covers the construction of passenger terminal building, control tower, fire station, drivers' lounge, car parks, guard house, toll booths, utility and navigational aids buildings, access roads and airport infrastructure including runway strip and taxiways.

It also covers the supply and installation of water and power supply system, sewage treatment system, air navigation facilities, and aeronautical ground lighting.

Interested bidders can purchase the bid documents for $1,000. A pre-bidding conference is set on January 6 while the deadline for submission of bids is set on March 3.

The new international airport in Bohol is soon to rise in a 216-hectare land in Panglao Island and will replace the old Tagbilaran Airport.

Representatives of JICA and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines signed the official development assistance loan agreement for the New Bohol Airport Construction and Sustainable Environment Protection Project last March 27.

According to JICA, the airport construction will be using Japanese environmental conservation technologies due to the conditions of the Japan-tied procurement.

"Under the concept of 'an eco airport,' the project will construct a new environmentally friendly airport using advanced Japanese technology, including a photovoltaic power generation system and geotextile sheets in the soaking yard to prevent airport drainage water from polluting the surrounding environment during construction," JICA said in its website http://www.jica.go.jp.

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JICA said the completion of the project expected by June 2016. "After the construction is completed, technical assistance will be provided for environmental protection to avoid a negative impact to the natural environment caused by the increase in tourists," JICA added. – Manila Bulletin

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