MPIC to invest P20B for MRT rehab

October 3, 2017 - 12:31 AM
MRT-3 Interaksyon
Vehicles of all kinds fill EDSA at rush hour. (Interaksyon/File photo)

MANILA – Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) has increased by P8 billion the resources it plans to pour into its proposed takeover and rehabilitation of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

The P20 billion – from the initial amount of P12 billion – for the MRT-3’s rehabilitation, operations and maintenance will include the firm’s equity investment.

“The details of the proposal have changed. The required amount of investment is larger,” MPIC president and chief executive officer Jose Ma. Lim explained in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the groundbreaking of the Common Station in Quezon City Friday.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade said the MPIC has been granted the original proponent status for MRT’s rehabilitation, operations and maintenance.

The firm’s proposal has been submitted to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and will undergo a Swiss Challenge once it is approved.

The Swiss Challenge procurement mode provides an opportunity for companies to make competing offers while giving the original proponent to match them.

The consortium of MPIC and Ayala Corporation had originally allocated P12 billion to rehabilitate the train systems of the MRT and take over its operations for a period of 32 years. It is likewise eyeing to buy out the government’s stake in the railway system held by the Land Bank of the Philippines and the Development Bank of the Philippines, as well as other shareholders.

Should it hurdle the Swiss challenge, the rehabilitation, operations and maintenance would be pursued through a separate special purpose vehicle similar to the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC).

LRMC, which operates the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) and is responsible for the extension of the train system all the way to Cavite, is composed of MPIC’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corp., Ayala Corp.’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd.