The $US 720m contract to carry out civil works on the 11.7km eight-station southern extension from the existing terminus Baclaran was originally due to be awarded last year, but suffered repeated delays at both the prequalification and tendering stages.

The four groups which prequalified for the tender are:

  • Light Rail Manila Consortium (Metro Pacific Investments and Ayala, Philippines)
  • MTD-Samsung Group (MTD Capital and Samsung C&T)
  • San Miguel Infrastructure Resources, GS Engineering and Construction, and Posco
  • DMCI Holdings (Marubeni and Sistema de Tansporte Collectivo Metro).