Unsolicited Davao Sasa bid gains traction

Davao Sasa Port scorpious18 [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Chelsea Logistics Holdings Corp. is getting closer to gaining the approval of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) for its plan to modernise the Davao Sasa Port in the Philippines.

PPA general manager Jay Daniel Santiago said Chelsea’s P11.2bn proposal is now under the evaluation of the agency, according to The Philippine Star.

“Chelsea has completed the submission of documents sometime late December, after we acknowledged that their submission is complete, we will evaluate it within the whole month of January,” Mr Santiago said.

“Hopefully by end of January or first half of February, PPA would have been able to determine the feasibility of the proposal,” he added.

Ongoing target

Chelsea Logistics submitted an P11.2-billion unsolicited proposal to the PPA for the modernisation of the Davao Sasa Port in in August last year.

A planned Davao Sasa Port modernisation project was dropped by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in December 2016. It has previously been approved by The National Economic and Development Authority but ran into trouble following a dispute over how it would be managed.

PPA subsequently planned to redevelop the port with a smaller budget.

Chelsea Logistics president and chief executive officer Chryss Alfonsus Damuy earlier said the company is asking the government for at least a 25-year concession period, reported The Philippine Star.

He said the proposal would be done in at least four phases, with the first phase likely costing P5bn and involving the rehabilitation of the existing port and installation of modern equipment.

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