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PPA awards P273-million Oriental Mindoro project

THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said it awarded the P272.92-million Bulalacao Oriental Mindoro port expansion project to Orient Star Construction, Inc.

According to a notice of award dated Feb. 12, the Mindoro-based construction company was awarded the contract after passing the post-qualification evaluation of PPA’s bids and awards committee.

The company also submitted the lowest bid among five bidders for the project, the PPA said.

The PPA said only five of the initial six bidders submitted financial and technical proposals for the Bulalacao port expansion project after Luzviminda Engineering withdrew.

The other four companies that submitted bid proposals are Vicente T. Lao Construction; MAC Builders Corp.; J.C Piñon Construction, Inc.; and Sunwest, Inc.

Jay Daniel R. Santiago, PPA general manager, has ordered the company to conclude a contract with the agency and post a performance security within 10 days from the receipt of the notice of award.

“Failure to enter into the said contract or provide the Performance Security shall constitute sufficient ground for the cancellation of the award and forfeiture of your Bid Security,” Mr. Santiago said.

The port expansion project must be completed over 480 days or 16 months. The project includes removal and excavation and work on the port operations area and covered walkway, passenger terminal building and pumphouse. — Ashley Erika O. Jose