Philippine Star, 26 October 2014
MANILA, Philippines – The series of international roadshows conducted by the Aquino administration to drum up interest for major infrastructure projects has lured big Canadian and American companies to participate in biddings for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects in the country.
PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said the Philippines has successfully showcased close to 50 PPP projects worth about $21 billion during a roadshow in North America, including Toronto and Montreal in Canada as well as New York and Washington in the US.
âThe roadshow attendees have expressed their interest to engage in the PPP program either as bidders, funders, operators, sub-contractors, or as consultants, among others,â Canilao said.
Canilao talked with Canadian Council for PPP (CCPPP) as well as P3 Canada in Toronto to discuss best practices and country experiences in implementing PPPs and in other areas such as strengthening of the legal and regulatory frameworks and capacity building.
She also met with several companies including Manulife Capital, C&I Constructive Edge, and Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) to discuss the current investment opportunities in the Philippines.
In Montreal, Canilao had a meeting with Canadaâs largest pension fund manager Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec (CDPQ).
According to her, Manulife, OMERS, CDPQ, and PSP Investments are keen on assessing possible areas of investment in infrastructure and PPPs most likely through partnerships with local players.
Canilao also met with major companies including Blackrock, UTC-RAS, Globe Connect, and Eisner Amper in New York.
âMost of these companies have expressed their interest in vying for the countryâs big-ticket PPP projects,â Canilao said.
Post-forum one-on-one meetings were also held with Hill International, Parsons, Tetra Tech and San Jose Construction.
The PPP Center intends to undertake one more international roadshow in Sydney Australia as part of efforts to encourage more foreign players to invest in the countryâs PPPs especially that there is now a steady deal flow of investment opportunities and the countryâs credit ratings are at an all-time high, as evidenced by major international rating agenciesâ successive upgrades.
Canilao said the Aquino administration is set to roll out 18 PPP projects worth P407 billion before June next year as part of the inventory of over 50 projects already in the pipeline.
The roll out of PPP projects in the Philippines is in full swing after the award of eight PPP projects valued at P133 billion.
These include the Daang Hari â South Luzon expressway link road (P2 billion), PPP for School Infrastructure Project Phase 1 (P8.86 billion), the PSIP-2 (P16.28 billion), the modernization project for the Philippine Orthopedic Center (P5.98 billion), the Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway (P15.52 billion), the automated fare collection system project (P1.72 billion), the Mactan â Cebu international airport expansion project (P17.5 billion), and the Light Rail TransitLine 1 Cavite extension project (P65 billion).
BusinessWorld, 03 October 2014
THE GOVERNMENT has touted its public-private partnership (PPP) program before investors in Singapore in a bid to spark interest in projects under its flagship infrastructure initiative.
âThe Philippines promoted its public-private partnership projects at the recently concluded Philippine Infrastructure and PPP: An Opportunities Seminar-Roadshow in Singapore. The event was co-organized by the UK Trade and Investment (Manila and Singapore) and the Philippine British Business Council (PBBC) last Sept. 29,â the PPP Center said in a statement on Friday.Â
A total of 50 PPP projects with an estimated cost of $20.822 billion were presented to foreign investors.
âThe business seminar concentrated on high value opportunities under the PPP program and other infrastructure projects that include roads, railways, airports, water and healthcare,â the PPP Center said.Â
At present, four projects under the PPP program are in the bidding stage: the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project; the Integrated Transport System Project — South and Southwest Terminals; the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project; and the Operation and Maintenance for the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 2.
A total of eight projects have been awarded to date, the latest being the contract for LRT Line 1âs operation and maintenance to the Light Rail Manila consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and Ayala Corp.Â
MPIC is one of the three main Philippine units of Hong Kong-based First Pacific Co. Ltd., the others being Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) and Philex Mining Corp. Hastings Holdings, Inc., a unit of PLDT Beneficial Trust Fund subsidiary MediaQuest Holdings, Inc., has a majority stake inÂ BusinessWorld. –Â MFEF
03 October 2014
Quezon City â More than 60 companies expressed keen interest to participate in the countryâs biggest PPP project during the Investors Forum for the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike (LLED) project. The PhP 122.8 Billion high standard highway cum dike drew 22 companies who bought the Pre-qualification documents and are now in the process of completing its submissions.
Speaking before the interested investors, Secretary Rogelio Singson of the Department of Public Works and Highways emphasized what it would take to make a successful bid for the LLED.
âThe consortium should have experience and expertise in building dams, reclamation, property development, and running toll roads and expressways,â he said.
He also added that bidders should be able to use new technologies that will make the job easier, particularly in the aspect of dredging.
Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Secretary Nereus Acosta welcomed the construction of the LLED stating that the project will help mitigate the effects of climate change which severely affects the coastal towns along the Laguna Lake.
âThe Philippines is very vulnerable to climate change. There should be flood mitigation measures in place, especially in the flood prone areas along the lakeâ, he said.
âThere are 65 LGUs under the jurisdiction of the LLDA and all of these will benefit from the project,â Acosta added.
The LLED will help mitigate flooding along the western coast of the Laguna Lake running from Taguig to the town of Bay, in Laguna. It will also serve as an alternative transport route to the congested South Luzon Expressway and enhance the hydrology for the ecosystem of Laguna Lake.
PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao aired her appreciation for the significant interest that local and foreign companies have shown to participate in the bidding process for the LLED and vowed that it will be a smooth one.
âFollowing the issuance of the Invitation to Prequalify to Bid and the Information Memo, we hope to successfully tender the project and get the best deal for both the public and private sector alikeâ, Canilao said.
âThis is the true essence of robust PPPs after all â reasonable returns for the private sector, while ensuring the delivery of effective and high-quality infrastructure projects for the public,â she added.
âAs we have done in the past, we assure all of you here today that we are working to make the bidding process as smooth as possible and look forward to seeing the day when this project comes into fruition, âthe PPP Center chief said.
During the question and answer portion of the forum, Secretary Singson asked prospective bidders if there was a need to extend the period to submit their pre-qualification documents. There was a unanimous clamor from the private sector to extend its date to 90 days to allow them to produce a responsive submission. The DPWH Chief said that they are seriously considering the suggestion.
âWe will seriously consider it, as long as it does not affect the submission date for the bids set for July 2015â, he said.
The 22 companies who bought the prequalification documents include the following companies:
1. Muhibbah Engineering (Phil) Corporation (Malaysia/Philippines),
2. GT Capital Holdings, Incorporated (Philippines)
3. Ayala Land (Philippines)
4. Egis Projects S.A. (France)
5. Megaworld (Philippines)
6. Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (Philippines)
7. Minerales Industrias Corporation (Philippines)
8. Leighton Contractors (Philippines) Inc.
9. JV Power and Wealth Corporation
10. LT Group (Philippines)
11. Laguna Lakeshore Consortium (Philippines)
12. Filinvest Land (Philippines)
13. Macquarie Securities (Phil.) Inc. (Australia)
14. San Miguel Corporation (Philippines)
15. Megawide Construction Corporation (Philippines)
16. Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (Philippines)
17. JG Summit Holdings, Inc. (Philippines)
18. PT Star Line (Indonesia/Philippines)
19. State Properties Corporation (Philippines)
20. MTD-Hanshin-VistaLand Consortium (Malaysia/Philippines)
21. IL/FS Transportation Networks Ltd. (India)
22. Vinci Concessions (Malaysia)
03 October 2014
The Department of Transport and Communications (DOTC) and Light Rail Manila Consortium (LMRC) have signed the concession agreement for the Php 64.9 B LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension public-private partnership project.
Under the agreement LRMC will construct, operate and maintain the additional 11.7 kilometers from Baclaran to the Niyog Station in Bacoor, Cavite. Also included in the contract is the operation and maintenance of the existing LRT line 1 from Roosevelt to Baclaran. The integrated LRT Line 1 will span a total of 32.4 kilometers and will have a concession period of 35 years including its construction.
PPP Center Executuve Director Cosette V. Canilao highlighted the importance of strong partnership in the successful awarding of the LRT Line Cavite Extension.
âThrough the collective efforts of the government and the private sector, we now bear witness to the successful tender of the eight project to have been awarded since PPP was launched in 2010â, Canilao said.
âWorking together, we have achieved leaps and bounds in sustaining the momentum of the PPP Program. The public is assured of effective and improved infrastructure services through public-private partnerships, âshe added.
In his remarks, Ayala Corp. President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala acknowledged the governmentâs transparent conduct of the ppp projectâs bidding process.
âWe are grateful to the DOTC, the LRTA and the PPP Center for handling the process so professionally, and transparently at each stage of the process. â, he said.
He also expressed his appreciation to their partners in the project.
âWe are delighted to work with the Metro Pacific Group on this project. I cannot imagine a better group to partner with for a project of this scale and complexity. This signing today marks the end of the bidding process and signals the long and difficult work aheadâ, he said.
He also assured the riding public an efficient and safe rail experience.
âWe are absolutely confident that we will be able to deliver safe, efficient and comfortable riding experience that our customers deserve. We are excited to be given the chance to redefine the rail experience for the Filipino riding publicâ, he said.
For his part, DOTC Secretary Jose Emilio A. Abaya extolled the confidence that the LMRC had on the project and Aquino government.
âThe LRT Line 1 project has been in the planning stage for almost two decades now. It is only during the Aquino Administration that we are making the LRT Line 1 Cavite extension a reality and at no cost to the taxpayers who have waited too long for this project to happenâ, he said.
âThe fact that LRMC is willing to shoulder the expense and willing to pay the government Php 9.35 billion shows not just the viability of the project but the confidence that they have in this administrationâ, he added.
LRMC remitted P935 Million yesterday to the government which is 10% of the P9.35 Billion bid amount.
Under a PPP arrangement, the Department of Transportation and Communications, as the implementing agency, will continue to retain full ownership of the integrated LRT Line 1, ensuring governmentâs full involvement in its management.
Philippine Star, 01 September 2014
MANILA, Philippines – JG Summit Holdings Inc., Aboitiz Group, and three more companies have expressed interest in the Aquino administrationâs largest public-private partnership (PPP) project.
PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said the five companies that bought bid documents for the P123 billion Laguna Lakeshore expressway dike project were JG Summit, Aboitiz, Megawide Construction Corp., PT Star Line, and State Properties Corp.
Canilao said the number of interested bidders in the PPP project went up to 19 as of end-August.
Interested bidders include diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), the Lucio Tan Group, property giant Ayala Land Inc., infrastructure giant Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), Megaworld Corp. of businessman Andrew Tan, GT Capital Holdings Inc. of taipan George Ty, Filinvest Land Inc. of taipan Andrew Gotianun, the Laguna Lakeshore Consortium led by the Wenceslao Group, JV Power and Wealth Corp., Macquarie Capital Securities, listed mining firm Minerales Industrias Corp.
Likewise, Philippine units of foreign firms including Egis SA of France, Leighton Contractors of Australia, and Muhibbah Engineering (M) Berhad of Malaysia are looking at the project.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has rolled out the Aquino administrationâs biggest PPP project and has given interested companies have until Oct. 16 to submit their prequalification documents.
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) approved the project last June 19. It aims to mitigate flooding in the Laguna Lake coastal towns, particularly in Southern Metro Manila and Laguna, improve the environmental condition of the lake, and promote economic activities through the efficient transport of goods and people.
The project will likewise provide opportunities for developing a new business and residential district in the reclaimed areas.
It involves the construction of a 47-kilometer flood control dike on top of which will be a high speed six-lane expressway running on a mainly off-shore alignment at least 500 meters away from the western shoreline of Laguna Lake, including pumping stations and floodgates.
The PPP project also includes the reclamation of about 700 hectares of foreshore and offshore areas, west of the dike, in Taguig and Muntinlupa.
By Lawrence Agcaoili
BusinessWorld, 19 August
THE BIGGEST public-private partnership (PPP) project to date continues to receive support from the private sector, with 14 companies expressing interest to bid for the contract, according to an official.
PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao confirmed via text message yesterday that the following 14 groups have bought bid documents for the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike project for a non-refundable fee of P200,000:
- Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd;
- GT Capital Holdings, Inc.;
- Ayala Land, Inc.;
- Megaworld Corp.;
- Metro Pacific Investments Corp.;
- Minerales Industrias Corp.;
- Egis Group;
- Leighton Contractors (Philippines);
- JP Power and Wealth Corp.;
- LT Group, Inc.;
- Laguna Lakeshore Consortium (with D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Inc.âs Delfin J. Wenceslao as chairman);
- Filinvest Land Inc.;
- Macquarie Capital Securities; and
- San Miguel Corp.
Last Aug. 3, the government rolled out its biggest PPP project thus far as it invited parties to bid for a P122.8-billion ($2.73-billion) undertaking that will address flooding and facilitate traffic flow along the western shore of Laguna Lake, from Taguig City in Metro Manila to Los Banos, Laguna.
The Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike project consists of two parts, namely the construction of a 47-kilometer flood control dike — on top of which will be a six-lane expressway — from Taguig City to Los BaĂ±os for about P64.914 billion; and the reclamation of 700 hectares west of the expressway-dike for about P57.897 billion âto… create opportunities for developing a new business and residential area on reclaimed land, to enhance regional and urban developmentâ.
The auction for the deal will consist of two stages. First, the government will qualify interested parties to submit proposals based on minimum legal,technical and financial requirements set by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). After this, the project will be bid out.
Ariel C. Angeles, a member of the DPWHâs Special Bids and Awards Committee, said via text early this month that the âdesign, build, operate and maintainâ contract will have a 37-year term.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson reiterated by text last month that the department was looking to completely bid out the project this December.
A concession agreement is targeted to be signed by March 2015, with construction to start late next year and finish in 2021, Mr. Singson had said in June.
Seven PPP projects under the administrationâs flagship infrastructure program have been awarded so far: the P2.01-billion Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway Link Road; the P15.52-billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway; the P16.42-billion first phase of the PPP for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP); PSIPâs P8.80-billion second phase; the P5.69-billion Philippine Orthopedic Center modernization; the P1.72-billion Automatic Fare Collection System; and the P17.52-billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport Passenger Terminal Building.
Five others have been rolled out: the P2.5-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) Project-Southwest Terminal; the P4-billion ITS Project-South Terminal; the P24.4-billion Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project; the P35.42-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway.; and the P64.9-billion LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension Operation & Maintenance. –Â CJVDP
PPP Executive Director Cosette Canilao did a live interview regarding the issues on ongoing projects in the pipeline on Solar Nightly News with Mitzi Borromeo last August 8, 2014.
Video Courtesy of Solar News (frame 28.37)
Rappler, 06 August 2014
Two of the biggest PPP projects to be launched are the P265-billion North-South commuter rail and the P132-billion mass transit loop.
MANILA, Philippines â The Aquino administration is set to roll out 18 major infrastructure projects worth P602.2 billion ($13.83 billion*) under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme before June next year.
The 18 projects to be rolled out are part of the inventory of 47 PPP projects in the pipeline, PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said during the quarterly roundtable of The Wallace Business Forum.
âThis is the product of about two years of streamlining processes, of establishing interaction between various government agencies, including capacities not only in the public sector, but increasing the appreciation of the private sector of PPP projects,â Canilao said.
Two of the biggest projects to be rolled out are the North-South commuter rail worth P265.3 billion ($6.09 billion) and the proposed subway system Mass Transit loop worth P132 billion ($3.03 billion). They will be rolled out in November and December, respectively.
To be launched in September are airport operation and maintenance PPP projects, including:
Other projects to be launched include the Regional Prison Facilities worth P39.4 billion ($904.77 million), the Motor Vehicle Inspection System worth P18.9 billion ($434.02 million), and the Tanauan City public market worth P381.2 million ($8.75 million).
Meanwhile, the government has yet to determine the cost of several projects such as the San Fernando Airport, the Batangas-Manila natural gas pipeline, the Manila Bay-Pasig Ferry-Laguna lake ferry, and the proposed extension of the Light Rail Transit line 1 (LRT 1) all the way to DasmariĂ±as in Cavite instead of only Bacoor City under theÂ P65-billion ($1.49 billion) LRT 1 Cavite extension project.
PPPs in full swing
After a slow start in 2010, Canilao said the PPP program is now in full swing after the award of 7 projects worth close to P62.6 billion ($1.44 billion). These projects are:
âThis is also a product of further refining the legal and regulatory framework,â Canilao explained.
She pointed out that the government is also set to award the concession contracts for theLRT1 Cavite extension projectÂ as well as theÂ P35.4-billion (4812.47 million) Cavite-Laguna expressway projectÂ under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The award of both projects are subject of cases filed at the Supreme Court and the Office of the President.
There are also 4 projects under procurement: theÂ biggest PPP project to date, the P123-billion ($2.82 billion) Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Project;Â the P4 billion ($91.8 million) Integrated Transport System (ITS) – South terminal; the P2.5 billion ITS-Southwest terminal ($57.38 million), and the Bulacan Bulk Water supply project.
Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said it is high priority to ensure that the government conduct a fair and open competition for the projects, and abide by the Aquino administrationâs code of good governance.
âIt was very clear from theÂ Presidentâs State of the Nation AddressÂ that we have beenmaking great strides in generating investments and building infrastructureÂ to benefit the country. Now that weâve entered the last third of the Presidentâs term, itâs timely that we assess what can be realistically done over the next two years,â Abaya said.
Abaya said the biggest project to be undertaken by the DOTC is the construction of theÂ new Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) worth P436 billion ($10.01 billion) in Sangley PointÂ as proposed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Other projects include the P3.8-billion ($87.23 million) Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT 3) capacity expansion project, involving the acquisition of 48 brand new trains; the P25.6 billion ($587.63 million) Metro Manila Skyway stage 3 project of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation; and the proposed P18-billion ($413.18 million) connector road of infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corporation.
The Aquino administration intends toÂ wipe out the backlog in transportation infrastructureÂ in the Philippines over the next 5 to 10 years. âÂ Rappler.com
*($1 = P43.57)
ABS-CBN, 05 August 2014
MANILA, Philippines – Eighteen major infrastructure projects worth P602.2 billion under the public private partnership (PPP) program will be rolled out by the Aquino administration before June 2015.
Cosette Canilao, PPP Center executive director, said these projects are part of the 47 PPP projects in the pipeline.
“This is product of about two years of streamlining processes of establishing interaction between various government agencies including capacities not only in the public sector but increasing the appreciation of the private sector on PPP projects,” she said.
The biggest project is the P265.3 billion-North-South commuter rail project, which will be launched in November.
The P132 billion proposed subway system Mass Transit loop will be launched in December.
Several airport operation and maintenance projects will be launched in September, namely the P39.7 billion Davao Airport, P29.7 billion Iloilo Airport, P19.8-billion Bacolod Airport, P14.3 billion Laguindingan Airport, P5.01 billion Puerto Princesa airport and the P2.28 billion new Bohol (Panglao) Airport.
Other projects to be launched are the P39.4 billion Regional Prison Faciities, P18.9 billion Motor Vehicle Inspection System and P381.2 million Tanauan City public market.
Several projects such as the San Fernando Airport, the Batangas-Manila natural gas pipeline, the Manila Bay-Pasig Ferry-Laguna lake ferry and the proposed extension of the LRT-1 to Dasmarinas, Cavite, are also being proposed, although the project costs are still being determined.
Canilao said the roll out of PPP projects is in full swing, with the award of seven PPP projects worth P68 billion since 2010.
“This is also a product of further refining the legal and regulatory framework,” she said.
The government is also also set to award the P65 billion LRT 1 Cavite extension project as and P35.4 billion Cavite-Laguna expressway project. However, the awarding of the projects faces delays due to legal issues raised by other bidders.
Four projects are now under procurement, including the P123 billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Project, the P4 billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) South terminal, the P2.5 billion ITS Southwest terminal and the Bulacan Bulk Water supply project.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said it is the government’s top priority to conduct fair and open bidding for teh projects.
“It was very clear from the Presidentâs State of the Nation Address that we have been making great strides in generating investments and building infrastructure to benefit the country. Now that weâve entered the last third of the Presidentâs term, itâs timely that we assess what can be realistically done over the next two years,” Abaya said.
For the DOTC, the biggest project to be undertaken is the new airport at Sangley Point, Cavite, as proposed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
Other PPP projects under the DOTC include P3.8 billion Metro Rail Transit line 3 capacity expansion project, the P25.6 billion Metro Manila Skyway stage 3 being undertaken by San Miguel, and the P18 billion connector road of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.
Philippine Star, Â 06 August 2014
MANILA, Philippines – The Aquino administration is set to roll out 18 major infrastructure projects worth P602.2 billion under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) program before June next year.
PPP Center executive secretary Cosette Canilao said during the Quarterly Roundtable of The Wallace Business Forum that the 18 projects are part of the inventory of 47 PPP projects already in the pipeline.
âThis is product of about two years of streamlining processes of establishing interaction between various government agencies including capacities not only in the public sector but increasing the appreciation of the private sector on PPP projects,â Canilao said.
Two of the biggest projects to be rolled out include the North-South commuter rail worth P265.3 billion to be launched in November and the proposed subway system Mass Transit loop worth P132 billion to be launched in December.
Airport operation and maintenance PPP projects to be launched next month include the Davao Airport worth P39.7 billion, Iloilo Airport worth P29.7 billion, Bacolod Airport P19.8 billion, Laguindingan Airport worth P14.3 billion, Puerto Princesa airport worth P5.01 billion, and the new Bohol (Panglao) Airport worth P2.28 billion
Other projects to be launched include the Regional Prison Facilities through PPP worth P39.4 billion, the Motor Vehicle Inspection System worth P18.9 billion and the Tanauan City public market, P381.2 million.
After a slow start in 2010, Canilao said the roll out is in full swing after the award of seven PPP projects worth close to P68 billion including the Daang Hari â South Luzon expressway link road (P2 billion), PPP for School Infrastructure Project phase 1 (P8.86 billion), the PSIP-2 (P16.28 billion), the modernization project for the Philippine Orthopedic Center (P5.98 billion), the Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway (P15.52 billion), the automated fare collection system project (P1.72 billion), and the Mactan â Cebu international airport expansion project (P17.5 billion).
âThis is also a product of further refining the legal and regulatory framework,â she said.
According to Canilao, the government is also set to award the concession contracts for the P65 billion LRT1 Cavite extension project as well as the P35.4 billion Cavite-Laguna expressway project under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The awarding of both projects are being contested at the Supreme Court as well as the Office of the President.
She added that there are four projects under procurement including the P123 billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Project, the P4 billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) â South terminal, the P2.5 billion ITS-Southwest terminal, and the P24.4 billion Bulacan Bulk Water supply project.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya said it is a high priority to ensure that the government conduct a fair, open competition for the projects and abide by the Aquino administrationâs code of good governance.
âIt was very clear from the Presidentâs State of the Nation Address that we have been making great strides in generating investments and building infrastructure to benefit the country. Now that weâve entered the last third of the Presidentâs term, itâs timely that we assess what can be realistically done over the next two years,â he said.
03 June 2014
Representatives from 13 private and government organizations expressed support for the P17.5 Billion Mactan-Cebu International Airport new passenger terminal building project to be implemented under a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
These stakeholders sealed their commitment of support during the projectâs ceremonial signing last 30 May 2014 at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Mactan, Cebu. The signing was led by the projectâs private proponent GMR-Megawide Airport Corporation (GMCA) together with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA).
PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao, in her speech during the signing, expressed that the MCIA projectâs success âsends a very clear signal to our investors that if you do business in the Philippines, you are certain to get a fair and square deal.â
Aside from the PPP Center, other government agencies present to support to project were the Cebu Provincial Government, Lapu-Lapu City Government, Department of Finance, Department of Tourism, Bureau of Customs, and Bureau of Immigration. Cebu-based private organizations that included the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Mactan Airline Operatorsâ Association, and the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Cebu were also present to express support to the project.
GMCA, the company created by the winning consortium to undertake the project under the PPP Agreement, vowed to transform the existing Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) facility into the worldâs first âResort-Airportâ and make it the second largest gateway to the Philippines by 2017. GMCA will take over the MCIA by October 2014 and start on the airportâs proposed upgrades.
The new airport will have separate international and domestic terminals linked by a bridge to facilitate ease of movement for connecting flights. Adequate parking facilities and aircraft parking stands served by bus transfers will be in place.
The upgraded airport will have more spacious check-in area with additional counters and enhanced automated baggage handling systems and will feature conveniently located airlines lounges, retail and food shops. It will have an adjoining “village mall” complex.
The company is currently talking to world-renowned Cebu designer Kenneth Cobonpue for the airportâs interiors.
âInternational and Cebuano designers are working together on this expansion because we want the new airport to reflect the rich Cebuano heritage while it exudes a modern yet soothing resort feel,â said GMCA President Louie Ferrer.
âBy 2017 when the project is completed, we would like the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to be something that Cebuanos can call their own and which all Filipinos can be truly proud of,â added Ferrer.
The MCIA project of the DOTC is the seventh project to be awarded under the flagship PPP program of the Aquino Administration. It is also the countryâs first airport PPP project awarded.
GMR-Megawide Consortium was awarded the MCIA project last April 4 after submitting the best bid offering the highest premium of P14.404 billion to government in December 2013. After fulfilling all the post-award requirements including the turnover of the upfront payment, DOTC and GMR-Megawide officially signed the airportâs 25-year concession agreement in April 22.
The MCIA project is set to modernize the current airport in Cebu with the construction of an international passenger terminal building at the same time expanding the existing passenger terminal. The modernization of the MCIA will address the growing influx of passengers.
GMA News, 29 November 2013
Healthy fiscal space and an accommodating financing environment allow elbow room to fund reconstruction.
Inquirer, 27 October 2013
PPP Center exec says other projects in the pipeline to go full blast
At least five major infrastructure projects will be completed under the public-private partnership (PPP) framework and several others likely to be in full blast of construction before President Aquino steps down from office in 2016, the chief of the governmentâs PPP Center said.
Speaking during the 8th Philippine Forum organized by The Asset Magazine and the Fund Managers Association of the Philippines (FMAP) last week, PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said the five projects likely to be completed during this administration were Daang Hari tollroad, School Infrastructure project phases one and two, the modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center and the Naia Expressway.
Speaking to reporters after the forum, Canilao said itâs also possible to complete the integrated transport fare collection system within Mr. Aquinoâs term. âOnce this project is approved and rolled out, itâs possible that this will be completed. Itâs not too complicated,â she said.
For his part, Transportation Undersecretary Rene Limcaoco said most of the infrastructure projects under his departmentâs pipeline would likely take off, not just those to be bid out under the PPP framework but likewise those that would be undertaken by the government itself.
Canilao said the following projects would be at the height of construction within Mr. Aquinoâs term: Light Railway Transit Line 1 extension, Mactan-Cebu International airport upgrading.
By year 2015, she said most of the big-ticket projects would be in full blast of construction while 2014 would, for some, be the year to raise funds.
Canilao is expecting the rollout of the PPP projects to be faster in these last three years of the Aquino administration, noting that âlessonsâ had been learned from the first half of the Presidentâs term.
âWeâve done already the setting down of the processes. Weâre still improving it but the foundation is already there. During the remainder of the term, hopefully it will be faster. Weâre looking at standardizing some of the bid documents so that the bidders, once they receive the drafts, they know what to expect,â Canilao said.
During the forum, when asked by The Asset editor-in-chief Daniel Yu to assess the performance of the governmentâs PPP program in the first three years, Canilao gave a score of six out of the highest possible score of 10. On rating his departmentâs infrastructure program, Limcaoco gave a rating of five out of 10.
Canilao said the government was likewise working to amend the build-operate-transfer law to boost the PPP program for the longer haul, no longer for the current pipeline.
âWe donât need it (for this term) but nonetheless, weâre rushing it, hoping that it will be passed by summer recess,â Canilao said.
She said among the most important provisions would be to identify and set parameters for projects of ânational significanceâ as well as to extend the mechanism for Swiss challenge, or the process of inviting counter-proposals to unsolicited projects.
Right now, rival bidders are given 60 days to make a counter offer. âWeâre hoping for at least six months,â she said.
At the same time, the amendments call for the creation of a PPP governing board and a legal framework for a PPP Center.
Flexibility is likewise sought on the contingent liability that the government can take in relation to projects in the pipeline, she said.
GMA News, 25 October 2013
Construction of 9,300 classrooms under the first phase of a public-private partnership (PPP) project of the Department of Education (DepEd) is likely to be completed by April next year, the top official of the state agency reviewing the flagship infrastructure program said Friday.
âThat’s the target and contractors are expected to deliver,â Cosette Canilao, executive director of the PPP Center, said in an ambush interview in Bulacan province.,
The PPP for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) Phase 1 involves the design, construction, maintenance, and financing of 9,300 classrooms in one and two-story buildings in Regions I, III and IV-A.
The 10-year contract under a build-lease-and transfer agreement also includes furniture, fixtures and toilets for 2,204 public elementary and secondary school.
The construction contract was bagged last year by two consortia: BF Corporation-Riverbanks Development Corporation, and Citicore Holdings Investment Inc.-Megawide Construction Corporation.
In a separate interview, Louie Ferrer, Megawide vice-president for Marketing and chief information officer, said some of the constructed classrooms were already being used by recipient-pupils.
On Friday, Megawide turned over 500 newly-built classrooms in Region 3 and 4-A to Education Secretary Armin Luistro.
âWith the help of the private sector we are confident that we can deliver our commitment to public school students,â Luistro said.
According to the status report posted on the PPP website, construction of 3,200 classrooms has started, while notices to proceed for some 5,400 classrooms have been issued.
The PSIP was fielded in the PPP program two years ago to cut the public school system’s 66,800-classroom shortage as fast as possible.
Phase II of the PSIP â which aims to construct 10,679 more classrooms â was bagged by Megawide and Consortium of BSP & Co. Inc and Vicente T. Lao Construction this October.Â â DVM, GMA News
Business World, 24 October 2013
JUST FIVE public-private partnership (PPP) projects are expected to be completed by the end of Aquino administrationâs term, an official yesterday said, but the infrastructure program will continue after 2016 given the groundwork that is being laid.
âWe will finish Daang Hari. We will finish the two school projects. We will finish the hospital. We will finish the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) expressway … So we have five projects that will be finished in the remaining term of President [Benigno S. C.] Aquino [III],â PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao yesterday told a capital markets forum.
â[The year] 2015 will be the height of construction for the projects that will be rolled out in the next few months, and whatâs more important to us is to leave a very successful program to the next administration…,â Ms. Canilao added.
Just four PPP projects have been awarded by the Aquino administration since it rolled out its centerpiece infrastructure program in late 2010. The P1.96-billion Daang Hari-South Luzon expressway project was the first, going to Ayala Corp. in 2011. The second, the P16.42-billion first phase of the PPP School Infrastructure Program (PSIP), was granted to two consortiums last year, while the P15.68-billion NAIA expressway and phase two of the PSIP were awarded this year.
The government is still reviewing the sole bid submitted for the P5.70-billion Philippine Orthopedic Center project.
Ronald L. Arambulo, executive director of the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines, said continuity was important to ensure the PPP programâs success.
âWhen … you leave, you have to make sure that the next batch wonât start from zero again,â Mr. Arambulo said.
Transportation Undersecretary Rene K. Limcaoco admitted that the government âcould have gone fasterâ in the implementation of some projects, but said the process involved a âlearning curve.â
âWe were starting off from scratch. When we came in, we had an empty cupboard and we basically had to start everything from scratch,â he said.
But Ms. Canilao said: âWeâre done already with setting the framework and the processes, although weâre still improving it … We already have a lot of learnings from the private sector and the government so for the remaining term, hopefully, it will be faster.â
The Aquino government has come under fire over the delays that have hit the PPP program. It has claimed that extensive reviews were needed to make projects foolproof, although recently prospective investors have complained of onerous contract terms.