MANILA, Philippines- In line with efforts to address classroom shortage in the country's elementary and secondary schools, the Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that it has pre-qualified six bidders for its Public Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP).
According to Education Sec¬retary Armin Luistro, the PSIP is moving closer to the bidding phase after six of eight prospective bidders who submitted their qualification documents last April 11, 2012 were officially pre-qualified.
The six pre-qualified bidders are: BF Corporation-Riverbanks Devel¬opment Corporation Consortium; Citicore Holdings Investment, Inc.-Megawide Construction Corporation Inc.; D.M. Consunji Inc.; Makati Development Corporation-First Balfour, Inc.; D.M. Wenceslao & Associates Inc.-DATEM, Inc., and Makati Development Corporation-DDT Konstract Inc.
Luistro said that the PSIP is the DepEd's first Public Private Partnership (PPP) project for edu¬cation infrastructure, which will be awarded through competitive public bidding in accordance with the Build-Operate-and-Transfer (BOT) Law (Republic Act 6957 as amended by Republic Act 7718), and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
"The first phase of the PSIP covers the design, construction and maintenance of 9,301 classrooms in¬cluding seats and toilets in 2,204 pub¬lic schools within the next 10 years under a Build-Lease-and-Transfer contract," Luistro said.
"The three contract packages are being bidded out under this first phase of the PSIP covering Regions I, III and IV-A," he said.
On Monday, April 30, the six qualified bidders will participate in a lottery to determine the school sites where they are expected to put up their prototype structures.
"The assembly or construction of a sample two-storey, two classroom-building is required under the PSIP technical bid evaluation process," Luistro said.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Finance, the PPP Center of Philippines, REID Foundation and the Ernst and Young Consortium-the PSIP's transaction adviser-have been working closely with the DepEd in the development of the PSIP and the bid.
"We hope to proceed with the second batch of PSIP packages as soon as a successful tender is achieved for the first bid," Luistro said.
The DepEd chief remained hopeful that classroom shortage-which stand at 68, 8000-will eventually be solved.