Megawide Construction Corp. and D.M. Consunji Inc., along with 14 other local and Japanese firms expressed interest in bidding for three construction contract packages for the Metro Manila Subway Project, according to the Department of Transportation.
The department said DMCI, Megawide, Fujita Corp., Shimizu Corp., Takenaka Civil Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co. Ltd., Tokyu Construction Co. Ltd., Tobishima Corp., Monocrete Construction Philippines Inc., Vicente T. Lao Construction, China Harbour Engineering Company, Taisei Corp., EEI Corp, and Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd. expressed interest to bid for Contract Package 105 of the MMSP.
CP 105 includes the construction of two underground stations, Kalayaan and BGC terminals, and tunnel works.
It said that for CP 108, which covers the building of two underground stations at Lawton and Senate-Department of Education as well as tunnel works, the bidders include Fujita Corp., First Balfour Inc., Shimizu Corp., Takenaka Corp., Takenaka Corp., Tokyu Construction Co. Ltd., Taisei Corp., Megawide Construction Corp., Tobishima Corp., Monocrete Construction Philippines Inc. and Acciona Construction Philippines Inc.
The agency said Fujita Corp., DMCI, Shimizu, Takenaka, Sumitomo, Tokyu Construction, Megawide, Tobishima and Monocrete were interested to participate in the bidding for CP 109 of MMSP.
CP 109 involves the construction of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 station and tunnel works.
The DOTr said the deadline of the submission of bids for the CP 105, 108 and 109 is Aug. 31, 2023.
The agency already awarded CP 101, which comprises four stations – East Valenzuela, Quirino Highway, Tandang Sora and North Avenue – as well as the depot and the Philippine Railway Institute Building to the joint venture of Shimizu, Fujita, Takenaka and EEI.
CP 102, which involves the construction of Quezon Ave. and East Ave. stations was awarded to the joint venture of Nishimatsu and DMCI.
Sumitomo bagged CP 103, which covers Anonas and Camp Aguinaldo stations, while Megawide, Tokyu Construction and Tobishima won CP 104, which involves the construction of Ortigas and Shaw Boulevard stations.
The government earlier secured loans amounting to 848 billion yen (P376.6 billion) from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to fund the P488.5-billion subway project.
The 33-kilometer subway, dubbed as the “project of the century”, stretches from Valenzuela in the north to NAIA Terminal 3 and Food Terminal Inc. in the south. The project is expected to be fully operational by 2029.
The project is expected to reduce travel time between Quezon City and NAIA from one hour and 30 minutes to just 35 minutes. It is expected to serve around 370,000 passengers a day in its first year of full operations, with capacity to serve up to one million passengers a day in later years.
The MMSP is physically interconnected and inter-operable with the North-South Commuter Railway System’s south segment, enabling passengers to board the subway train, for example, in North Ave. Station of MMSP and get off at the Calamba Station of NSCR.