Nine firms to bid for Manila project

Trade Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II announced on 31 July that he expects nine companies will participate in the bidding for the proposed treated bulk water supply project...

Trade Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II announced on 31 July that he expects nine companies will participate in the bidding for the proposed treated bulk water supply project of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in Manila, Philippines.

These companies are: Bechtel Overseas Corp., Sierra Madre Water Corp., OMI Phils., JL Business and Technology Consultancy Inc., SGV & Co., F.F. Cruz & Co. Inc., San Lorenzo Ruiz Builders, China National Water Resources & Hydropower Engineering, and Vivendi Water. These companies submitted letters of intent after MWSS made the announcement for the bidding last April..

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Chief said the project, which aims to provide an interim solution to the projected water problem by 2007, would be in partnership with DTI's Build-Operate-Transfer centre. The output or performance-based specification procurement approach will be used for the competitive selection of the project proponent. Roxas added this approach would give the private proponent flexibility to meet the required outputs (quality and volume of treated water) based on proposed methodology to undertake financing, raw water source development, design, construction and operation of bulk water infrastructures. Bidding is expected in October.

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