With the Duterte administration’s new direction on accepting unsolicited proposals or project proposals submitted by the private sector, not in response to a formal solicitation or request by the Government, the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC) produced new guidelines that provide information and definition on what constitutes unsolicited proposals with detailed discussion on the requirements and approval process for each stage of the project under this route.
The guidelines, published on the agency’s website: ppp.gov.ph, are applicable to both implementing agency (IA) and a prospective private partner who intends to submit an unsolicited proposal. These guidelines aim to inform the public on the process for assessing or evaluating an unsolicited proposal.
Currently, there are several unsolicited proposals submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The DOTr, using the new guidelines, is reviewing the New Manila International Airport Project submitted by San Miguel Corporation.
The DPWH is also reviewing, based on the guidelines, the 17.7 km Manila-Taguig Expressway, an unsolicited proposal from the Citra Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC), the project proponent of the Metro Manila Skyway (MMS) Stage 3.
For unsolicited proposals to be considered by the government, the following conditions should be met: First, such projects involve a new concept or technology and/or are not part of the list of priority projects. No direct government guarantee, subsidy or equity should be required. The proposal should not be a component of an approved project. Lastly, the government has invited by publication for three (3) consecutive weeks comparative or competitive proposals and no proposal is received for a period of sixty (60) working days, provided further that in the event another proponent submits a lower price proposal, the original proponent shall have the right to match that price within thirty (30) working days.