The Department of Education’s Public Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) is moving closer to the bidding phase after officially pre-qualifying six out of the eight prospective bidders who submitted qualification documents last April 11, 2012. The six pre-qualified bidders are:
The PSIP is the DepEd’s first public private partnership project for education infrastructure, which will be awarded through competitive public bidding in accordance with the Build-Operate-and-Transfer (BOT) Law (RA 6957, as amended by RA7718), and its Implementing Rules and Regulations. The first phase of the PSIP covers the design, construction and maintenance of 9,301 classrooms (including seats and toilets) in 2,204 public schools within the next 10 years under a Build-Lease-and-Transfer contract. Three contract packages are being bidded out under this first phase of the PSIP covering Regions I, III and IV-A.
On April 30, 2012, 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.
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. The DepEd hopes to proceed with the second batch of PSIP packages as soon as a successful tender is achieved for the first bid.
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