Wednesday, April 17, 2013

DOTC AFCS Project Attracted Business Interests

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The Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) is a proposed project of the Department of Transportation and Communication with the aim of facilitating an efficient passenger transfer to the other rail lines and therefore reduce the inconvenience caused by ticket payment delays. It will also involved the decommissioning of the old magnetic-based ticketing system and replacing it with contactless-based smart card technology. The ultimate objective is to increase fare collection efficiency by reducing leakage and fraud.

A total of nine (9) consortiums involving major local and foreign conglomerates, banks, and IT companies submitted eligibility documents to the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) last Friday (April 12), in an effort to qualify as bidders for the P 1.72-Billion Contactless Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) Public-Private Partnership Project. 
“We are very pleased with the investor turnout for the AFCS Project. Serious players from the transportation, IT, banking, and retail industries – both local and foreign – all came out to seek pre-qualification to participate in the bidding of the project,” the Transport Department said. 
The DOTC believes that this is proof of high investor confidence in the project, as well as in the agency itself. 

“The fact that these major groups want to be the our private sector partner for the AFCS Project only goes to show their trust and confidence in the Department, and in our open, fair, and transparent bidding process,” added the DOTC.
The 9 consortiums which submitted their qualification documents are: 

  • AF Consortium, composed of BPI Card Finance Corporation, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Smart Communications, Inc., Globe Telecom, Inc., AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., and NTT Data Corporation. 
    AF Consortium will also rely on the required experience of 
    Bank of the Philippine Islands, Octopus Transactions Ltd., 
    SMRT International Pte. Ltd., Cubic Transportation Systems 
    Australia) Pty. Ltd., Accenture, Inc., MSI Global Private 
    Ltd., and Indra Sistemas, S.A.

  • Comworks Consortium, composed of Comworks, Inc., Philippine Gaming Management Corp., Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp., Acer, Inc., Infochamp Systems, Corp., and Berjaya Philippines, Inc.
  • E-Trans Solutions Joint Venture, Inc. Consortium, composed of Tera Investments, Inc., Eastwest Banking Corp., Sagesoft Solutions, Inc., Pilipinas Micro-Matrix Technology (PMT Joint Venture), Inc., and Pulsar Avancer Technologie, Inc. 
    E-Trans Consortium will also rely on the required experience 
    of Kentkart EGE Elektronik San. Ve Tic. A.S., Kentkart 
    Marmara Elektronik Turizm San. Ve Tic. A.S., Kentkart 
    Cukurova Elektronik San. Ve Tic. A.S., and JTKC Equities, 
  • Lamco Consortium, composed of Lamco Paper Products Co., Inc., New San Jose Builders, Inc., Landbank of the Philippines, and NEC Philippines, Inc. 
    Lamco Consortium will also rely on the required experience of 
    Busan Transport Corp. and Samwon FA Co., Ltd.
  • Mega Lucky United Consortium, composed of Asia United Bank Corporation, Dignitas Equity, Mega Cellular Network, Inc., and Gravitas 777. 
    Mega Lucky Consortium will also rely on the required 
    experience of Korea Smart Card Corp. and LG CNS Co. Ltd. 

  • Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink Consortium, composed of Megawide Construction Corp., Suyen Corp., and Eurolink Network International Corp. 
    Megawide-Suyen-Eurolink Consortium will also rely on the 
    required experience of EZ-Link Pte. Ltd. and China National 
    Software and Service Co., Ltd. 

  • MTD-PRLM Consortium, composed of MTD Capital BHD and Puregold Realty Leasing and Management, Inc. 
    MTD-PRLM Consortium will also rely on the required experience 
    of Puregold Price Club, Inc., Maybank Philippines, Inc., and 
    Transit Link Pte. Ltd. 
  • San Miguel Transport Solutions Consortium, composed of Optimal Infrastructure Development, Inc., Catchweight Holdings, Inc., Deltacrest Holdings, Inc., and Allcard Plastics Philippines, Inc. 
    San Miguel Consortium will also rely on the required 
    experience of Petron Corp., Philippine National Bank, 
    Singapore Technologies Electronics, Ltd., Korea Railroad 
    Corp., Korail Networks Co., Ltd., Vix Technology (East Asia), 
    Ltd., and San Miguel Corporation. 

  • SM Consortium, composed of SM Investments Corp., BDO Capital and Investment Corp., Advanced Card Systems, Ltd., and Pentacapital Investment Corp. 
    SM Consortium will also rely on the required experience of SM 
    Retail, Inc., BDO Unibank, Inc., and Goldsign Data Company, 

The joint DOTC-LRTA Pre-Qualification, Bids, and Awards Committee PBAC) has a maximum of twenty-five (25) days from April 12 to evaluate the qualification documents submitted by the 9 consortiums, and to announce the shortlisted groups. Actual bidding is scheduled to take place in the third quarter of this year. 

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