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.
â€śThe 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€ť 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 Canadaâ€™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.
â€śMost of these companies have expressed their interest in vying for the countryâ€™s big-ticket PPP projects,â€ť 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 countryâ€™s PPPs especially that there is now a steady deal flow of investment opportunities and the countryâ€™s 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.
â€śThe 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€ť 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.
â€śThe business seminar concentrated on high value opportunities under the PPP program and other infrastructure projects that include roads, railways, airports, water and healthcare,â€ť 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 1â€™s operation and maintenance to the Light Rail Manila consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and Ayala Corp.Â
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03 October 2014
Quezon City â€“ More than 60 companies expressed keen interest to participate in the countryâ€™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.
â€śThe consortium should have experience and expertise in building dams, reclamation, property development, and running toll roads and expressways,â€ť 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.
â€śThe Philippines is very vulnerable to climate change. There should be flood mitigation measures in place, especially in the flood prone areas along the lakeâ€ť, he said.
â€śThere are 65 LGUs under the jurisdiction of the LLDA and all of these will benefit from the project,â€ť 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.
â€śFollowing 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€ť, Canilao said.
â€śThis 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€ť she added.
â€śAs 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, â€śthe 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.
â€śWe will seriously consider it, as long as it does not affect the submission date for the bids set for July 2015â€ť, 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.
â€śThrough 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€ť, Canilao said.
â€śWorking 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, â€śshe added.
In his remarks, Ayala Corp. President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala acknowledged the governmentâ€™s transparent conduct of the ppp projectâ€™s bidding process.
â€śWe 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€ś, he said.
He also expressed his appreciation to their partners in the project.
â€śWe 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€ť, he said.
He also assured the riding public an efficient and safe rail experience.
â€śWe 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€ť, he said.
For his part, DOTC Secretary Jose Emilio A. Abaya extolled the confidence that the LMRC had on the project and Aquino government.
â€śThe 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€ť, he said.
â€śThe 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€ť, 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 governmentâ€™s 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 administrationâ€™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 administrationâ€™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
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.â€™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 BaĂ±os for about P64.914 billion; and the reclamation of 700 hectares west of the expressway-dike for about P57.897 billion â€śto… create opportunities for developing a new business and residential area on reclaimed land, to enhance regional and urban developmentâ€ť.
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 DPWHâ€™s Special Bids and Awards Committee, said via text early this month that the â€śdesign, build, operate and maintainâ€ť 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 administrationâ€™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); PSIPâ€™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. –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)