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Canada, US firms eye PPP projects

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.

“The roadshow attendees have expressed their interest to engage in the PPP program either as bidders, funders, operators, sub-contractors, or as consultants, among others,” 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 Canada’s 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.

“Most of these companies have expressed their interest in vying for the country’s big-ticket PPP projects,” 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 country’s PPPs especially that there is now a steady deal flow of investment opportunities and the country’s credit ratings are at an all-time high, as evidenced by major international rating agencies’ 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 – 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 – Cebu international airport expansion project (P17.5 billion), and the Light Rail TransitLine 1 Cavite extension project (P65 billion).

Gov’t promotes PPP projects in Singapore

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.

“The 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,” the PPP Center said in a statement on Friday. 

A total of 50 PPP projects with an estimated cost of $20.822 billion were presented to foreign investors.

“The business seminar concentrated on high value opportunities under the PPP program and other infrastructure projects that include roads, railways, airports, water and healthcare,” the PPP Center said. 

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 1’s operation and maintenance to the Light Rail Manila consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and Ayala Corp. 

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 in BusinessWorld. – MFEF

Forum on PPP Expressway Dike Tests Investors’ Interest

PRESS RELEASE
03 October 2014

Quezon City – More than 60 companies expressed keen interest to participate in the country’s 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.

“The consortium should have experience and expertise in building dams, reclamation, property development, and running toll roads and expressways,” 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.

“The Philippines is very vulnerable to climate change. There should be flood mitigation measures in place, especially in the flood prone areas along the lake”, he said.

“There are 65 LGUs under the jurisdiction of the LLDA and all of these will benefit from the project,” 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.

“Following 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 alike”, Canilao said.

“This is the true essence of robust PPPs after all – reasonable returns for the private sector, while ensuring the delivery of effective and high-quality infrastructure projects for the public,” she added.

“As 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, “the 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.

“We will seriously consider it, as long as it does not affect the submission date for the bids set for July 2015”, 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)

 

 

DOTC, Ayala-MPIC Signs 64.9B PPP Proj Contract

PRESS RELEASE
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.

“Through 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 2010”, Canilao said.

“Working 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, “she added.

In his remarks, Ayala Corp. President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala acknowledged the government’s transparent conduct of the ppp project’s bidding process.

“We 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. “, he said.

He also expressed his appreciation to their partners in the project.

“We 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 ahead”, he said.

He also assured the riding public an efficient and safe rail experience.

“We 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 public”, he said.

For his part, DOTC Secretary Jose Emilio A. Abaya extolled the confidence that the LMRC had on the project and Aquino government.

“The 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 happen”, he said.

“The 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 administration”, 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 government’s full involvement in its management.

Big guns eye P123-B lakeshore project

Philippine Star, 01 September 2014

MANILA, Philippines – JG Summit Holdings Inc., Aboitiz Group, and three more companies have expressed interest in the Aquino administration’s 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 administration’s 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

 

Fourteen firms interested in Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike project

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.’s 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 Baños for about P64.914 billion; and the reclamation of 700 hectares west of the expressway-dike for about P57.897 billion “to… create opportunities for developing a new business and residential area on reclaimed land, to enhance regional and urban development”.

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 DPWH’s Special Bids and Awards Committee, said via text early this month that the “design, build, operate and maintain” 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 administration’s 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); PSIP’s 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. – CJVDP

Executive Director Cosette Canilao on Solar Nightly News

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)

18 PPP projects worth P602B for rollout before June 2015

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 – 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.

“This 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,” 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:

  • Davao Airport, P39.7 billion ($911.06 million)
  • Iloilo Airport, P29.7 billion ($681.57 million)
  • Bacolod Airport, P19.8 billion ($454.38 million)
  • Laguindingan Airport, P14.3 billion ($326.16 million)
  • Puerto Princesa Airport, P5.01 billion ($$115.02 million)
  • new Bohol (Panglao) Airport, P2.28 billion ($52.35 million)

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 Dasmariñas in Cavite instead of only Bacoor City under the 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:

  • Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway Link - P2 billion ($45.91 million)
  • PPP for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) Phase 1 - P8.86 billion ($203.29 million)
  • PSIP Phase 2 - P16.28 billion ($373.79 million)
  • Philippine Orthopedic Center modernization - P5.98 billion ($137.29 million)
  • Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway - P15.52 billion ($356.28 million)
  • Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) – P1.72 billion ($39.48 million)
  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport Expansion - P17.5 billion ($401.66 million)

“This is also a product of further refining the legal and regulatory framework,” Canilao explained.

She pointed out that the government is also set to award the concession contracts for theLRT1 Cavite extension project as well as the P35.4-billion (4812.47 million) Cavite-Laguna expressway project 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: the biggest PPP project to date, the P123-billion ($2.82 billion) Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Project; 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 administration’s code of good governance.

“It was very clear from the President’s State of the Nation Address that we have beenmaking great strides in generating investments and building infrastructure to benefit the country. Now that we’ve entered the last third of the President’s term, it’s timely that we assess what can be realistically done over the next two years,” Abaya said.

Abaya said the biggest project to be undertaken by the DOTC is the construction of the new Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) worth P436 billion ($10.01 billion) in Sangley Point 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 to wipe out the backlog in transportation infrastructure in the Philippines over the next 5 to 10 years. – Rappler.com

*($1 = P43.57)

P602-B worth of PPP projects to be rolled out by June

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 President’s State of the Nation Address that we have been making great strides in generating investments and building infrastructure to benefit the country. Now that we’ve entered the last third of the President’s term, it’s 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.

 

 

Gov’t to roll out 18 PPP projects

Philippine Star,  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.

“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,” 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 – 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 – Cebu international airport expansion project (P17.5 billion).

“This is also a product of further refining the legal and regulatory framework,” 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) – 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 administration’s code of good governance.

“It was very clear from the President’s State of the Nation Address that we have been making great strides in generating investments and building infrastructure to benefit the country. Now that we’ve entered the last third of the President’s term, it’s timely that we assess what can be realistically done over the next two years,” he said.