Philippines in airport tender blitz

Bidding for construction of Bicol International Airport and Central Mindanao Airport, with a combined cost of about $26 million, is now open. The government is also seeking consultants for three airport project feasibility studies.

The Philippines Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) is soliciting bids for two airport projects with a combined cost of PHP1.1 billion (€20 million; $26 million). The deadline for bid submission is October 22.

The construction of the new Bicol International Airport, in Daraga, Albay, is estimated to cost PHP963.2 million. Bidders will be vying for construction of a runway strip, taxiway and rigid pavement.

A separate tender process will be held for the construction of a passenger terminal building and other landside components.  The new Bicol airport is being developed to solve the limitations of the existing Legazpi Airport, located about 5 kilometres away. The mountains and hills surrounding Legazpi Airport produce thick fog that obscures the runway, resulting in 198 cancelled and 104 delayed flights in 2011.

The second project open for bidding is the Central Mindanao Airport, in M’lang, Cotabato, a feeder airport to several Philippine coastal airports, which is estimated to cost some PHP154.5 million to build.

On the planning front, expressions of interest for feasibility studies from consultants have been requested for the proposed Bukidnon Airport, and the upgrade of the existing Surigao and Naga airports. The deadline to submit expressions of interest is September 26. Five shortlisted companies will be entitled to submit bids.

But there are other proposed airport projects currently in the pipeline.

The Transportation department also solicited proposals from consultancy firms to conduct a feasibility and master plan study for two new airports in San Jose and Calbayog. The deadline for these was September 14.

The move to develop an airport in San Jose, in the Camarines Sur province, follows a sustained growth in tourism in the region. In 2010 Camarines Sur became the top tourism destination in the country, drawing 2.33 million visitors, according to the Department of Tourism.

A $239 Million project to construct a new passenger terminal building at Mactan-Cebu International Airport has also been proposed. However, the DOTC has yet to submit the project to the National Economic and Development Authority for approval.