Technical Workshop Series Towards Establishing PPP Guidelines in Southeast Asia

 PHOTO RELEASE

12 August 2014

 

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines serves as resource institution in the ongoing efforts of the ASEAN to establish PPP guidelines for member countries.

PPP Center Director Eleazar E. Ricote presented to the regional audience the country’s PPP policy, institutional, program and project experience, initiatives and reform efforts as inputs to the Guidelines initiated by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) during the Technical Workshop Series Towards Establishing PPP Guidelines in Southeast Asia held at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last August 11, 2014.

The PPP Center, recently recognized by the 2014 Partnership Awards as the Best Government PPP Promoter, takes on an active role in the ASEAN’s agenda of regional sharing and exchange of PPP knowledge and experience.

In December 2014, another round of ASEAN PPP Forum will be held in Manila, with the PPP Center as co-organizer.  This is aimed at collaboratively strengthening PPP institutions in the region, consistent with the integration agenda and possible cross border infrastructure and development projects.

 

Invitation to Prequalify to Bid for the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project

Invitation to Prequalify to Bid for the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways

 

 

PPP Center capacitates Department of Agriculture on project dev’t

PRESS RELEASE

08 August 2014

 

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center conducted a three-day workshop on PPP Project Development and Concept Note Preparation for the Department of Agriculture (DA) last 4-6 August 2014 at the Bohol Plaza Resort and Restaurant, Panglao Island, Bohol.

The workshop provided various DA operating units and attached agencies guidance on the elements in the identification, selection, and prioritization of PPP projects. It also introduced participants to the preliminaries of developing and preparing PPP proposals for the agriculture sector.

This capacity building initiative is aligned with DA’s efforts rebuild its PPP project pipeline as supported by Department Order No. 04, Series of 2013 “Guidelines in the Development of PPP Projects in the Department of Agriculture”.

Workshop participants included the DA PPP Unit, Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech), Philippine Carabao Center (PCC), Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA), Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Bureau of Soils & Water Management (BSWM), Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) and the DA Regional Field Office VII.

 

DOTC rolls-out P4-B ITS South Terminal PPP

PRESS RELEASE

31 July 2014

 

ITS South

 

View or download Invitation to Pre-qualify and Bid

 

Prospective bidders are invited to submit applications to pre-qualify and to submit bids to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the Php4-Billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) – South Terminal for a period of 35 years, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) announces in an Invitation to Pre-Qualify and Bid released today.

The ITS-South Terminal project aims to provide a central transport terminal where all modes of transport will be available in one location ensuring efficient and seamless travel for commuting public. The 4.70 hectares south terminal will be located near the Food Terminal Inc. compound in Taguig City.

The Build-Transfer-Operate (BTO) contract for project will be awarded through competitive bidding. It will follow the two-stage system for soliciting bids under the procurement rules and procedures of the Build-Operate Transfer Law or Republic Act No. 7718 and its implementing rules and regulations.

In this process, bidders are first pre-qualified based on minimum legal, technical and financial requirements set by the DOTC. Only bidders who pre-qualify shall be invited to prepare and submit their technical and financial proposals to the Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) for evaluation.

Interested parties have until October 6, 2014 to submit all their pre-qualification documents to the DOTC-SBAC. Invitation documents will be made available starting August 6.

The new terminal will connect passengers from the Laguna/Batangas side to the other urban transport systems such as the future North-South Commuter Rail, currently the Philippine National Railways, city buses, taxis and other public utility vehicles that serve inner Metro Manila.

The terminal will include a passenger terminal building, arrival and departure bays, public information systems, ticketing and baggage holding facilities and park-ride facilities.

 

Php24.4-B Bulacan Bulk Water Supply PPP attracts 15 interested bidders

Press Release
18 July 2014

The Php24.4 Billion Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project (BBWSP) of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program has attracted 15 prospective bidders from the local and international groups.

The prospective bidders that bought prequalification documents from the MWSS include Manila Water Company Inc., Marubeni Corp. of Japan, Filinvest Development Corp., Abengoa of Spain, Megawide Construction Corp., San Miguel Holdings Corp., First Balfour, Inc., Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Prime Water Infrastructure Corp., Korea Water Resources Corp or K-Water, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Datem Water, Inc., Sojitz Corp., New San Jose Builders, Inc. and Acciona Agua of Spain.

In response to the request of prospective bidders to extend the submission of prequalification documents originally slated for August 5, 2014, the Pre-qualification Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) of MWSS during the prequalification conference last July 17, 2014 extended the submission date to an additional 45 days. The new deadline is set for September 19, 2014.

The BBWSP aims to address the water supply requirements of municipalities in the province of Bulacan, thereby reducing groundwater extraction and use of deep wells which are being discouraged due to adverse environmental impact. The project intends to supply treated bulk water to water districts in Bulacan province through the construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities for abstraction, treatment, and conveyance of treated bulk water supply.

The project would be procured through a competitive public bidding using performance or output-based approach in accordance with Republic Act No. 7718 also known as the Revised Build-Operate-and-Transfer (BOT) law.

 

Gensan, PPP Center sign internship agreement

PRESS RELEASE
17 July 2014
 

 
General Santos City – The City Government of General Santos has entered into an internship agreement program for LGU-PPPs with the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC) for the Integrated Food Terminal and City Public Market components of the Integrated Economic Development for Regional Trade (IEDRT) in General Santos City Project. The signing was held at the city’s Sangguniang Panlungsod  session hall last July 15. Gensan is the first local government unit to avail the Center’s internship program.

GenSan City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera and PPP Center Deputy Executive Director Atty. Sherry Ann N. Austria signed the internship program agreement that will capacitate the city government on PPP project implementation. Also present in the signing are Vice Mayor Shirlyn L. Bañas-Nograles, 17th Sangguniang Panlunsod (SP) members and department heads during its regular SP session.

The internship program agreement is part of the Center’s strategy program on engaging LGUs in public-private partnerships. Preceding the agreement signing, the Sangguniang Panlungsod, sponsored by City Councilor Brix T. Tan, approved the city’s PPP Code that serves as a basis for undertaking the project as PPP and for the participation of the LGU interns in the program.

Based on the agreement, the PPP Center will provide hands-on training and assistance to the city’s PPP Board, PPP Technical Working Group facilitated by the City Economic Management & Cooperative Development (CEMCDO), and PPP Selection Committee who are in charge of project development and bid management of its identified PPP projects. Specifically, the PPP Center will mentor the PPP team of GenSan in the areas of project development, project bidding and competition, and project implementation.

The IEDRT in GenSan City was identified as a priority strategic economic support project of the city that will spur infrastructure investments to improve its ability to serve as a regional food-trading center of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City (SOCKSARGEN). The project seeks to improve the physical and institutional linkages among the various stakeholders of the city’s food chain industry. It also aims to benefit the locals by creating a network of food market-related activities that will spur the city’s economic development while also expanding access to quality and healthy food at a regional scope.

In support of the project, the City has also enacted the following resolutions and issuances: Sanggunian Resolution No. 535 for the approval of the project for PPP implementation and Sanggunian Resolution No. 536 which authorizes the mayor to enter into the Internship Program Agreement. The Regional Development Council also supported the agreement by enacting the Regional Development Council XII Resolution No 27. This resolution endorses GenSan project for PPP financing and implementation.
 
Photo by City Mayor’s Office, General Santos City

PPP refutes items on SMC disqualification

PPP Center’s Letter to the Editor of the Philippine Daily Inquirer pertaining to the June 17 editorial titled “PPP dilemmaand a Biz Buzz item titled Flimsy technicality (Business, 6/16/14), both of which touched on the disqualification of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) from the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) project of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

 

PPP refutes items on SMC disqualification

This pertains to the June 17 editorial titled PPP dilemma and a Biz Buzz item titled Flimsy technicality (Business, 6/16/14), both of which touched on the disqualification of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) from the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (Calax) project of the Department of Public Works and Highways.

1. The editorial stated that during the NAIA Expressway bidding in July 2013, its lone competitor, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., submitted a noncompliant bid security that had a multiple-drawdown feature, when the bidding rules clearly required a single drawdown.

We wish to set the record straight: The Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC) of the DPWH, in a resolution dated April 15, 2013, stated that it found the technical proposals of Optimal Infrastructure Development Inc. and Manila North Tollways Corp. (Metro Pacific Investments Corp.) to be responsive to the requirements of the Instruction to Bidders, in form and substance. Both bidders submitted compliant bid securities that conformed to the tender document template provided to all bidders.

This was supported by the Technical Evaluation Report prepared by the Technical Working Group and DPWH advisors. Thus, the SBAC recommended the qualification of both bidders and the subsequent opening of their respective financial proposals.

We also take exception to the allegation that the DPWH allowed a ‘viaduct or tunnel’ design to accommodate the request of the eventual winning bidder, Ayala Corp., despite a written objection lodged even before the PPP project was opened for bidding.

The fact is that all prequalified bidders of the Daang Hari-SLEx Link Road Project, namely, Ayala Corp., South ExpressLink Corp. and Joint Venture of DM Consunji and CM Pancho, were allowed to submit alternate designs prior to the bid submission of the project. All bidders were advised of the technical changes through the issuance of Bid Bulletin No. 8, which informed them of the amendments to the Conceptual Engineering Design (CED) for Segment II of the expressway and appurtenant structures. Bid Bulletin No. 8, in relation to the Instructions to Bidders, explicitly required that the CED for Segment II include preliminary design drawings of roundabout, viaduct or tunnel to connect with the SLEx or Susana Heights Interchange at any convenient scale.

At this juncture, it bears mentioning that written amendments in the bidding documents were allowed in the 2006 Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 7718 (Revised Build-Operate-and-Transfer Law), which was the governing IRR at the time the project was tendered. Section 6.3 of the IRR explicitly required that these amendments be issued to all bidders within a reasonable time to allow them to consider the same in the preparation of their bids, duly acknowledged by them prior to bid submission and so indicated in their bids. These requirements were strictly and faithfully observed during the procurement process of the Daang Hari-SLEx Link Road Project.

2. The Biz Buzz item Flimsy technicality quoted Jose Mari Lacson, head of research at Campos Lanuza & Co., as saying: But the disqualification [of SMC from the Calax project] now puts the agency and the PPP Program in a bind. By sticking to their guns, the results plus other recent decisions imply the government favors certain PPP bidders.

On the contrary, the decision of DPWH-SBAC to stick to the rules and its bulletins, and to faithfully observe the requirements of the Revised BOT Law and its IRR, implies fairness and consistency in applying the same to all bidders, without favoring one or some of them.

The reference to other recent decisions is misleading and unfounded as Lacson neither specified what these were, and neither did he provide factual proof as to how certain bidders were favored.

These facts are indisputable and are supported by official documents of the tender processes undertaken by the SBAC, in accordance with the rules, guidelines, instructions and bulletins officially made available to, and duly acknowledged by, all bidders—including SMC.

—SHERRY ANN N. AUSTRIA,
Deputy Executive Director,
Public-Private Partnership Center,
NEDA sa QC, Edsa,
Diliman, Quezon City