The PNR Calamba Project has received an outpouring of bids from both local and international contractors after submissions were opened for the plan’s civil works on July 14. 

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the project received a ‘record-breaking’ total of 34 bids  – from 6 Philippine companies and 17 international corporations who want to participate in the building of the railway. 

The Bid Submission and Opening for various Contract Packages occurred until July 15 and was organized by the DOTr and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). 

International Bidders:

  • China Construction First Group Corporation Ltd. (China)
  • Chun Wo Construction (Hongkong) 
  • Leighton Contractors (Asia) Limited (Hongkong)
  • DL Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (South Korea)
  • Dong-ah Geological Engineering Company Ltd. (South Korea)
  • GS Engineering & Construction Corp. (South Korea)
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (South Korea)
  • Lotte Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. (South Korea)
  • POSCO Engineering & Construction (South Korea)
  • Samsung Construction & Trading Corporation (South Korea)
  • PT Adhi Karya (Persero) Tbk (Indonesia)
  • PT PP (Persero) Tbk (Indonesia) 
  • PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk (Indonesia)
  • Gülermak Ağır Sanayi İnşaat ve Taahhüt A.Ş. (Turkey)
  • Acciona, S.A. (Spain)
  • Italian-Thai Development Public Company Ltd. (Thailand)
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Local Bidders:

  • D.M. Consunji Inc.
  • EEI Corporation
  • First Balfour, Inc.
  • Megawide Construction Corporation
  • Prime Metro BMD Corporation
  • Santa Clara International Corporation

According to DOTr Secretary Art Tugade, the influx of bids for the Calamba project means that the infrastructure sector has confidence in the national government’s Build! Build! Build! Program. 

“I believe that the impressive turnout of bidders for the PNR Calamba Project’s contract packages is proof of the infrastructure sector’s trust in the government’s Build Build Build infrastructure program,” he shared. 

“This record-breaking turnout of bidders is yet again an indication of the trust and confidence of both the local and international infrastructure sectors on the Duterte Administration’s Build Build Build Program, which champions a transparent, fair, and efficient bidding process through a joint implementation by the DOTr, PNR, and the Procurement Service of the DBM,” Tugade explained further. 

DOTr noted that five more contract packages for the PNR Calamba Project will be opened for bidding later this year. 

Once completed, PNR Calamba will span a total of 56 kilometers and will connect Metro Manila (Solis St., Tondo) and Calamba, Laguna. It’s expected to reduce travel time between the two points to one hour instead of the usual four-hour trip.

It’s part of the massive 147-kilometer North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) System, which aims to link Calamba in Laguna to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga. 

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