Swiss challenge for San Miguel’s planned P27B Cavite-Batangas expressway set for November

The provincial government of Cavite is set to launch a Swiss challenge for the unsolicited proposal of San Miguel Holdings Corp. to build and operate a new tollroad that will connect Tagaytay to Metro Manila via Cavite and Batangas.

Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla said the province’s public-private partnership selection committee is now preparing the tender documents for the Swiss Challenge where the other interested parties are given a chance to challenge the bid of the proponent.

Swiss Challenge is a form of procurement, usually required in an unsolicited project, where other parties are given an opportunity to challenge the bid of the proponent.

“We are looking at the first week of November for the publication of the request for proposals,” Remulla said.

The Cavite government earlier granted an original proponent status (OPS) to San Miguel Holdings’s proposal to build a 27.06-kilometer toll road from the municipalities of Silang, Amadeo, Tagaytay, Indang, Mendez and Afonso in Cavite and Nasugbu Batangas.

” The approval was in consonance with all applicable laws and regulations. To what effect it has on the MPIC [Metro Pacific Investments Corp] project with the DPWH [Department of Public Works and Highways] is beyond my control,” Remulla noted.

“Our evaluation only covered the SMC project. We were never consulted by DPWH nor NEDA [National Economic and Development Authority] regarding the MPIC proposal,” he said.

In 2018, Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. was granted original proponent status by the DPWH to build the P22.4 billion Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas expressway project. The project is still under NEDA’s evaluation.