BCDA prepares to bid out longterm O&M contract for SCTEX
San Fernando City, Pampanga (13 August) -- The state-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced it is now preparing the Terms of Reference (TOR) to bid out the long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the country's longest toll road - the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).
SCTEX spokesperson Robert Gervacio said that the term period for the O&M service provider contract has yet to be finalized but it would likely be for at least ten years. The bidding for the long-term O&M contract is scheduled before the end of the year.
Gervacio said that the BCDA bid out the SCTEX O&M contract twice last year but both resulted in failed biddings. He added that after the two failed biddings and as provided in the government procurement law, the BCDA underwent a negotiated procurement process resulting in the hiring of the joint venture of First Philippine Holdings Corporation, Egis Road Operation and Tollways Management Corporation as interim service provider to operate the SCTEX for a period of six months renewable for another six months.
The entire 94-km SCTEX is now open for commercial operations, Gervacio announced. The Subic-Clark segment was opened last April 28, 2008 while the Clark-Tarlac segment was opened last July 25, 2008.
According to Gervacio, with the opening of the entire SCTEX, motorists from Manila can now travel straight to Subic Bay via a seamless connection from the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Subic Freeport Expressway in Tipo, Dinalupihan. Motorists can also exit at SCTEX interchanges in Dinalupihan, Bataan; Mabalacat, Pampanga; and the municipalities of Concepcion, San Miguel, and Tarlac City in Tarlac.
From the SCTEX Clark Logistics Toll Plaza, after exiting the NLEX, it would only take some 40 minutes for motorists to travel to Subic Bay and some 25 minutes to travel to Tarlac City. Traveling the entire 94-km stretch from Tipo to Tarlac City or vice versa would be approximately one hour, cutting travel time by more than half.
Thus, Gervacio emphasized, motorists will find it more convenient to use the SCTEX on their way to the Central and Northern Luzon especially to Bataan, Subic Bay, Zambales, Pangasinan, Baguio City, La Union, Cabanatuan City and Ilocos, saving on time and fuel.
Gervacio added that the SCTEX now serves as the new economic backbone for Central Luzon and the adjoining regions, creating wider opportunities for investment, trade and employment. (BCDA/PIA Pampanga) [top]