GMA News, 12 March 2014
The Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) has contracted with the Netherlands’ Rebel Group International BV to provide transaction advisory services, to be funded by the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center, for the $2.1 billion Batangas-Manila 1 (BatMan 1) natural gas pipeline project.
PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao and Rebel Group team leader Vivek Sharma led the contract signing on Monday, witnessed by PNOC president and chief executive officer Antonio Cailao.
The Rebel Group will now undertake the feasibility study for the BatMan 1 and provide PNOC transaction advisory support until the projectâ€™s financial close.
PNOC has ramped up its plan to develop the natural gas industry by building a series of network pipelines in Luzon as part of efforts to reduce the countryâ€™s dependence on oil.
Part of the network is the 105-kilometer pipeline from Batangas to Manila, which will also supply natural gas to Laguna and Cavite.Â â€” DVM, GMA News
ABS-CBN News, 11 March 2014
MANILA, Philippines â€“ A European company has been hired by state-run Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) as an advisor in the Batangas-Manila (BatMan) 1 natural gas pipeline project.
The firm, Rebel Group International BV of Netherlands, will be tasked to undertake a feasibility study and provide transaction advisory services for the project.
Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center executive director Cosette Canilao and Rebel Group team leader Vivek Sharma led the contract signing, which was held on Monday and witnessed by PNOC president and chief executive officer Antonio Cailao.
The 105-kilometer pipeline from Batangas to Manila will be constructed to transport and supply natural gas to targeted markets in Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, and Metro Manila.
The PPP project is part of PNOCâ€™s plans to improve the natural gas industry by building a series of network pipelines in Luzon.
At least 15 major infrastructure projects worth over P222 billion are expected to be awarded before the end of President Aquinoâ€™s term in June 2016.
The PPP Center has identified a total of 50 projects that can be undertaken through the PPP scheme.
Davao City Investment Promotion Center E-newsletterÂ - Investment Leads
The Davao City Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Board was convened for the first time last February 7, 2014 at the City Mayorâ€™s Office Conference Room by virtue of Executive Order No. 3, Series of 2014 issued by City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on January 7, 2014. The meeting was presided by the Atty. Jesus Melchor Quitain, City Administrator and permanent representative of City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, Chairperson of the Davao City PPP Board.
Present during the meeting were Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, Co-Chairperson of the PPP Board; Dr. Maria Lourdes Monteverde of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII); Architect Daniel Lim, Immediate Past President of DCCCII; Mr. Antonio dela Cruz, DCCCII President; Ms. Mary Ann, DCCCII Executive Director; Engr. Ivan Cortez, Head of DCIPC; Councilor Nilo Abellera, Jr., City Council Committee Chairperson on Government Enterprise and Privatization; Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, City Council Chairperson on Finance, Ways and Means and Ms. Maria Felisa Marques, City Tourism Officer.
During the meeting, the board discussed and agreed to give focus on the preparation of the PPP Ordinanceâ€™s (Ordinance No. 0353-12, Series of 2012, â€śAn ordinance promoting Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of Local Government infrastructure of development projectsâ€ť) Implementing Rules and Regulations as basis or guide for the board to tackle the PPP proposals which were already submitted to the City Council.
Meanwhile, Engr. Ivan Cortez, Head of the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC) informed the board that the PPP Center and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) will provide assistance in drafting the IRR. PPP Centerâ€™s Executive Director Ms. Cosette V. Canilao already signified its intention to assist the city through capacity building interventions on the different phases of the PPP cycle.
In the draft letter of the PPP Center provided by the DCIPC to the board members, the PPP Center suggested to meet with the technical staff and the PPP Board to facilitate capacity building. The PPP Center may also extend assistance in further preparing PPP projects through an Internship Program Agreement (IPA) upon compliance to the selection criteria.
However, even with the absence of an IRR Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, City Council Chairperson on Finance, Ways and Means, pointed out that the board can already discuss all submitted PPP proposals which can be guided by the PPP ordinance. He stressed that the board can simultaneously discuss the PPP proposals and prepare the draft IRR. Likewise, he proposed that in the next scheduled meeting, the board should tackle the solid waste-to-energy proposals and invite the technical teams that will be participating in these PPP projects. The next meeting is scheduled on February 20, 2014.
Malaya Business Insight, 11 March 2014
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is still finalizing the location for the Integrated Terminal System (ITS) Â in Northern Luzon .
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya Â said the agency is looking at three sites: Â Caloocan PNR, UP , and the site of the Â Manila Seedling Bank on the corner of Quezon avenue and EDSA in Quezon City.
Abaya said the DOTC is in discussions Â with Â Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista to see what is the good site for the ITS in the North .
The ITS project has three mass transportation intermodal terminals at the outskirts of Metro Manila, two of which are Â in the South Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) site in Taguig City and at the Â Philippine reclamation area Â near Uniwide Coastal Mall in Paranaque City.
The terminals in the South will serve passengers to and from the Laguna/Batangas Â as well as Cavite.
The DOTC is set to bid out the ITS in Paranaque by May 15 this year. The Â notice of award will be in July. Â The winning bidder was set to start the construction in October this year and start operation in May 2016.
Twelve firms have expressed interest to join the bidding for the ITS Southwest terminal Â which include , Ayala Land, Inc., Â Ayala Corp., Â Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., Â San Miguel Corp., Filinvest Land, Inc., Megawide Construction Corp., Robinsons Land Corp. Â D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc., Â Vicente T. Lao Construction Â and Egis Projects SA .
The terminals will have Â passenger terminal buildings, arrival and departure bays, ticketing and baggage handling facilities, park-ride facilities and transfer facilities such as shuttles to provide seamless transport connections.
Manila Standard Today, 11 March 2014
By Lailany P. Gomez
The Transportation Department has named the three possible locations of the proposed North Integrated Transport System.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said the government was looking at the Philippine National Railways site in Caloocan, the University of the Philippines and the Manila Seedling Bank on Quezon Avenue.
â€śBasically, the new discovery would be the Seedling Bank. Although, there are little issues there, but weâ€™re already talking with Mayor Herbert Bautista. But it is a good site,â€ť Abaya said.
The North ITS is part of the P7.5-billion mass transportation intermodal terminals at the outskirts of Metro Manila.
Transportation started its search for possible locations for the Integrated Transport System, a project that will entail the construction of common provincial bus terminals in the north and south end points of Metro Manila.
Abaya said earlier parties with properties ranging from three to seven hectares could send their formal proposals to Transportation.
The agency prefers lots near the North Luzon Expressway, the Coastal Road/Macapagal Highway and South Luzon Expressway and those 300 meters from the nearest train station.
Transportation said it would accept proposals until April 16.
The ITS is an offshoot of Executive Order 67, which calls for the planning, implementation and monitoring of the project. The ITS will put up a bus terminal north of Metro Manila for provincial buses with Northern Luzon routes and two in the south, one near the South Luzon Expressway and another near the Coastal Road/Cavitex for provincial buses with Southern Luzon routes.