MWSS awards the contract for the Design and Construction of the Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project (AWTIP) on 5 May 2016 to winning bidder Cooperativa Muratori & Cementisti – CMC di Ravenna Societa Cooperativa. Present to sign the Notice of Award were MWSS Administrator Gerardo A. I. Esquivel, Paul Van Klaveren of ADB and Andrea Ciamei of the winning bidder.
The winning bidder which declared a bid of Php 3.291B (after 12% VAT) has been evaluated to be the Lowest Evaluated Responsive Bidder over two other bidders which passed the pre-qualification stage of the bidding process. The award has been arrived at after the evaluation work by the MWSS on the bids of the three pre-qualified bidders. The evaluation process and results have been approved by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) as conforming with the ADB Procurement Guidelines and the terms and conditions of the ADB Loan. The ADB provided the funds for the project.
The AWTIP will rehabilitate the raw water transmission system to improve its reliability and security, thereby sustaining and securing water supply coming from the Angat reservoir, thru sustained operations of the aqueducts and improve disaster risk preparedness and asset management.
Specifically, the AWTIP program is set to build a new Tunnel (No. 4) to augment the present three tunnels connecting the Ipo to Bigte transmission route. Water from the Angat Dam flows to the Ipo Dam where further water release is regulated. Water coming from Ipo goes to the Bigte settling basin where water is carried through the aqueducts to the La Mesa portal. This project is an offshoot of the erstwhile AWUAIP project which involved the construction of the new Aqueduct No. 6 and rehabilitation works of existing Aqueduct No. 5 and interconnection works for the six (6) aqueducts.