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Gov’t plan may see the light of day

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 22 July 2013

By Ronnel W. Domingo

 

The government’s long-delayed plan to put up cold chain facilities for perishable goods across the country may finally see the light of day, with the help of the private sector.

Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan told Inquirer editors and reporters that such a project would require incentives, like the so-called “take-or-pay” provision, to attract private enterprises.

This contractual provision will make sure that a private entity profits from any transaction by committing one party to either take delivery of goods or services, or pay a certain amount.

But the take-or-pay provision has left a bad taste in the mouth of consumers who believe it to be the reason why electricity prices in the country are so high.

“Take-or-pay may be needed in certain locations—not all—of a nationwide cold chain project,” Balisacan said. “This may be necessary, for example, in Benguet.”

The Department of Agriculture has lined up three major public-private partnership (PPP) projects, including a multipurpose irrigation project, as well as a network of postharvest facilities for corn and a string of refrigeration facilities for perishable products.

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization, or PhilMech, has drawn up a proposal for a P683-million cold chain system, which will be considered a greenfield undertaking.

Five routes have been identified for the proposed cold chain system, with Benguet-Manila as the pilot link. The others are Cagayan-Manila, Manila-Cebu, Cebu-Manila and Visayas interisland connections.

Also, potential sites are still being considered for a fruits and vegetable facility in La Trinidad, Benguet, and for an abattoir project in Guiguinto, Bulacan.

Balisacan said the PPP approach as applied in agricultural projects needs something extra, compared to PPP projects in urban centers, like tollways.

“There are peculiarities in the agriculture sector, such as the seasonality of production and the impact of natural forces,” the government’s chief economist said.

Agricultural projects need government subsidies, incentives, or other means of assured funding or return on investment to be attractive to private-sector partners, he explained.

 

Agriculture department working on 3 PPP projects

Sun Star, 15 July 2013

 

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is pushing for three major projects aimed at supporting the different stakeholders in various sectors of the country’s agriculture and fisheries sectors, an official said Monday.

DA Project Development Service Director Zenaida Villegas said that the projects for consideration under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme include the construction of a multipurpose reservoir dam, improvement of existing postharvest processing and trading centers, and the establishment of a cold chain system.

Villegas, who also heads the DA-PPP coordinating staff, said that the multibillion Jalaur River Muti-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) to be implemented by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will soon take-off to provide year-round irrigation to agricultural areas in the province of Iloilo.

The project fund amounting to P11.212 billion will be sourced from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) via the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank).

The KEXIM-EDCF through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the DA has signified its intention to finance the conduct of a study to determine the feasibility of implementing JRMP II.

“The Korean agency has indicated during a mission earlier this year that it shall consider such technical assistance once the detailed engineering design (DED) for the irrigation component is completed. A draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the conduct of said feasibility study (FS) has been prepared by the DA and subsequently endorsed by Neda (National Economic and Development Authority) to the KEXIM-EDCF,” Villegas said.

NIA Western Visayas Division Manager and concurrent Acting Project Manager of JRMP II Engr. Jesus Dato-on said that as of this writing, construction of access roads to the site is on-going.

“NIA targets to finish the JRMP II before the term of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III ends in 2016. JRMP II will benefit farmers and irrigators associations. The project will serve an estimated 21,227 farmer beneficiaries of which 14,893 for the new area and 6,334 for the rehabilitated area,” said Dato-on.

Another project underway is the Grains Central Project, which seeks to rehabilitate, expand, and enhance existing corn trading and processing centers nationwide.

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is the project proponent while the National Agribusiness Corporation (Nabcor) will serve as the project’s implementing agency.

Villegas said that the DA has engaged the assistance of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and International Financial Corporation (IFC) as transaction advisors.

“The PPP Grains Central Project will be presented to Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala on 15 July 2013, while the complete project documents will be submitted to the Neda-ICC within the third quarter of this year,” he said.

There are 11 Corn Postharvest Processing and Trading Centers (PHPTC) proposed to be included in the said project.

Under a different component, the PhilMech has presented a proposal for a project which aims to reduce postharvest losses, maintain the quality of perishable goods, and promote direct marketing/online auctions.

The cold chain system project of the agency has identified five routes that will be included namely: Cagayan-Manila, Visayas-Inter-Island Connections, Manila-Cebu, Cebu-Manila, and Benguet-Manila, which will be the pilot route.

The DA-PPP Unit has also conducted ocular inspections on the potential sites for the Fruits and Vegetable Cold Chain Center in La Trinidad, Benguet and in Guiguinto, Bulacan for the AAA abattoir project.

Consultative meetings were also undertaken with the Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs) of Benguet and Bulacan in order to confirm the availability of sites being eyed for the project. (SDR/Sunnex)

 

DA working on three PPP projects

Philippine Information Agency, 16 July 2013

 

QUEZON CITY, July 16 — The Department of Agriculture through its Public-Private Partnership Unit (DA-PPP) is currently working on three major projects aimed at supporting the different stakeholders in various sectors of the country’s agriculture and fisheries sectors.

DA Project Development Service Director Zenaida M. Villegas in a press report said that the projects for consideration under the PPP scheme include the construction of a multipurpose reservoir dam, improvement of existing postharvest processing and trading centers, and the establishment of a cold chain system.

Villegas, who also heads the DA-PPP Coordinating staff, said that the multibillion Jalaur River Muti-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) to be implemented by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will soon take-off to provide year-round irrigation to agricultural areas in the province of Iloilo .

The project fund amounting to P11.212 billion will be sourced from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) via the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank).

The KEXIM-EDCF through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the DA has signified its intention to finance the conduct of a study to determine the feasibility of implementing JRMP II.

“The Korean agency has indicated during a mission earlier this year that it shall consider such technical assistance once the detailed engineering design (DED) for the irrigation component is completed. A draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the conduct of said feasibility study (FS) has been prepared by the DA and subsequently endorsed by NEDA to the KEXIM-EDCF,” Villegas said.

NIA Region VI Division Manager and concurrent Acting Project Manager of JRMP II Engr. Jesus L. Dato-on said that as of this writing, construction of access roads to the site is on- going.

 

“NIA targets to finish the JRMP II before the term of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III ends in 2016. JRMP II will benefit farmers and irrigators associations. The project will serve an estimated 21,227 farmer beneficiaries of which 14,893 for the new area and 6,334 for the rehabilitated area,” said Engr. Dato-on.

Grains Central

Another project underway is the Grains Central Project which seeks to rehabilitate, expand, and enhance existing corn trading and processing centers nationwide.

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is the project proponent while the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) will serve as the project’s implementing agency.

Villegas said that the DA has engaged the assistance of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and International Financial Corporation (IFC) as transaction advisors.

“The PPP Grains Central Project will be presented to Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala on 15 July 2013, while the complete project documents will be submitted to the NEDA-ICC within the third quarter of this year,” Villegas said.

There are 11 Corn Postharvest Processing and Trading Centers (PHPTC) proposed to be included in the said project.

Cold Chain Project

Under a different component, the PhilMech has presented a proposal for a project which aims to reduce postharvest losses, maintain the quality of perishable goods, and promote direct marketing/online auctions.

The cold chain system project of the agency has identified five routes that will be included namely: Cagayan-Manila, Visayas-Inter-Island Connections, Manila-Cebu, Cebu-Manila, and Benguet-Manila which will be the pilot route.

The DA-PPP Unit has also conducted ocular inspections on the potential sites for the Fruits and Vegetable Cold Chain Center in La Trinidad, Benguet and in Guiguinto, Bulacan for the AAA abattoir project.

Consultative meetings were also undertaken with the Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs) of Benguet and Bulacan in order to confirm the availability of sites being eyed for the project. (Marlo Asis, DA-AFIS)

Agri Dept. reveals P12.193-B PPP projects co-funded by Korea Eximbank

GMA News, 15 July 2013

By Danessa Rivera

 

The Department of Agriculture on Monday revealed its first three projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme for the benefit of the agriculture and fisheries sectors, which will largely be funded by the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) through the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank), an official said Monday.

DA Project Development Service director Zenaida M. Villegas said the projects include the the power generation and domestic water supply projects of the P11.212-billion Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) in Iloilo, the P298-million Grains Central Project and the P683.7-million Cold Chain Project.

“Nagsisimula pa lang ang DA sa PPP,” she told GMA News Online. “These are the initial projects the department is working on,” Villegas, who also heads the DA-PPP Unit coordinating staff, added.

The Agriculture Department will study the power generation and water supply aspects of the P11.212-billion JRMP II, which was initially packaged as an Official Development Assistance (ODA) project, Villegas noted.

“JRMP II is a hybrid project, with the dam component packaged first under ODA,” she said. “The PPP component of the project will be the power generation and water supply, and we’re still going to conduct a study for that when the detailed engineering for the dam is completed,” she added.

To be implemented by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA), JRMP II will irrigate agriculture areas in the province of Iloilo all year-round.

Of the total cost, P8.96- billion ($207.88 million) will be sourced from the Korea Eximbank and the balance from the government’s counterpart fund.

Construction of access roads to the site is on-going and NIA targets to finish the project before the end of term of President Aquino in 2016.

Private sector participation

The Grains Central Project involves private sector participation to rehabilitate, expand, and enhance 11 existing Post-Harvest Processing and Trading Centers currently managed and operated by the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) in Luzon and Mindanao.

Villegas said those in Luzon are located in Isabela, Quirino, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Camarines Sur, and those in Mindanao are in Alamada and Kabacan, both in North Cotabato, Banga and Malungon in South Cotabato, Talakag in Bukidnon, and Bayuga in Agusan del Sur.

“We presented the the Grains Central Project to Secretary Proceso J. Alcala today. We are now ready to submit documents to NEDA-ICC (National Economic and Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee),” she said.

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is the project proponent while NABCOR is the implementing agency.

In a separate statement Monday, Villegas said that the DA engaged Land Bank of the Philippines and the World Bank’s private sector investment arm International Financial Corporation as transaction advisers.

Reducing postharvest losses

The Cold Chain Project is aimed at reducing postharvest losses, maintaining the freshness of perishable goods, and promoting direct marketing/online auctions.

PhilMech identified five routes under the Cold Chain Project, including Cagayan-Manila, Visayas-Inter-Island Connections, Manila-Cebu, Cebu-Manila, and Benguet-Manila.

The DA-PPP Unit has conducted ocular inspections on the potential sites for the Fruits and Vegetable Cold Chain Center in La Trinidad, Benguet and in Guiguinto, Bulacan for the AAA abattoir (slaughterhouse) project.

The department also consulted the local government units of Benguet and Bulacan to confirm the availability of sites, according to the statement.

“Kapag na-settle na yung sites, we’ll submit it to Secretary Alcala for approval,” Villegas said. — VS, GMA News

 

3 major agri projects set

Manila Bulletin, 16 July 2013

By Ellalyn B. De Vera

 

Manila, Philipppines — The Department of Agriculture (DA) is working on three major public-private partnership (PPP) projects to support the country’s agricultural and fisheries sectors.

DA Project Development Service Director Zenaida Villegas said the projects for consideration under the PPP scheme include the construction of a multipurpose reservoir dam, improvement of existing postharvest processing and trading centers, and the establishment of a cold chain system.

Villegas, who also heads the DA-PPP coordinating staff, said the P11.212-billion Jalaur River Muti-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) to be implemented by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will be launched soon to provide year-round irrigation to agricultural areas in the province of Iloilo.

“NIA targets to finish the JRMP II before the term of President Benigno S. Aquino III ends in 2016. JRMP II will benefit farmers and irrigators associations. The project will serve an estimated 21,227 farmer beneficiaries of which 14,893 for the new area and 6,334 for the rehabilitated area,” said NIA-Region VI Division Manager and concurrent Acting Project Manager of JRMP II Engr. Jesus Dato-on.

Another project underway is the Grains Central Project, which seeks to rehabilitate, expand, and enhance existing corn trading and processing centers nationwide.

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) will be the project proponent while the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) will serve as the project’s implementing agency.

Villegas said DA has engaged the assistance of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and International Financial Corporation (IFC) as transaction advisors.

“The PPP Grains Central Project will be presented to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala by July 15, while the complete project documents will be submitted to the NEDA-ICC within the third quarter of this year,” Villegas said.

There are 11 Corn Postharvest Processing and Trading Centers (PHPTC) proposed to be included in the project.

A proposal for a third project under a different component was presented by PhilMech, which aims to reduce postharvest losses, maintain the quality of perishable goods, and promote direct marketing/online auctions.

 

Gov’t lines up PPP projects in agriculture

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 15 July 2013

By Ronnel W. Domingo

 

The Department of Agriculture has lined up two major public-private partnership projects that involve post-harvest facilities for corn and perishable produce.

Zenaida M. Villegas, director of the DA’s Project Development Service, said in an interview that Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala had been apprised of and had accepted the proposal for a P298-million grains central project that was meant to rehabilitate and upgrade existing corn trading and processing centers across the nation.

Villegas said the DA was expected to refer the corn depot project to the National Economic and Development Authority within the month. “We hope to have it approved by September,” she said.

National Agribusiness Corp. is the intended implementing agency for the grains central while the Philippine Center for Post-harvest Development and Mechanization or PhilMech is the project proponent.

There are 11 facilities proposed to be included in the project, for which Land Bank of the Philippines and International Financial Corp. have been engaged as transaction advisers.

PhilMech has also presented a proposal for a P683-million cold chain system for perishable goods that, unlike the corn post-harvest system, would be a greenfield undertaking.

Villegas said the cold chain plan might not be as fast-moving as that for the Grain Central because there were “issues that still need to be addressed.”

Five routes have been identified for the proposed cold chain system, with Benguet-Manila as the pilot. The others are Cagayan-Manila, Manila-Cebu, Cebu-Manila and Visayas inter-island connections.

Further, potential sites are still being considered for a fruits and vegetable facility in La Trinidad, Benguet, and for an abattoir project in Guiguinto, Bulacan.

Last April, Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan said that potential PPP projects in agriculture, to be attractive to private investors, would need government subsidies, incentives or other means of assured funding or return on investment.

Balisacan said this might be done through “take-or-pay” provisions which, unfortunately, were not popular in the Philippines because such arrangements were blamed for the high price of electricity in the country.

Balisacan cited an economics maxim that a project might be viable economically, but might not be financially feasible.

This means that incentives such as government subsidies—in the form of “viability gap funding”—are necessary for agricultural PPPs.

 

DA working on three PPP projects

Department of Agriculture, 15 July 2013

 

The Department of Agriculture through its Public-Private Partnership Unit (DA-PPP) is currently working on three major projects aimed at supporting the different stakeholders in various sectors of the country’s agriculture and fisheries sectors.

DA Project Development Service Director Zenaida M. Villegas said that the projects for consideration under the PPP scheme include the construction of a multipurpose reservoir dam, improvement of existing postharvest processing and trading centers, and the establishment of a cold chain system.

JRMP II

Villegas, who also heads the DA-PPP Coordinating staff, said that the multibillion Jalaur River Muti-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) to be implemented by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will soon take-off to provide year-round irrigation to agricultural areas in the province of Iloilo.

The project fund amounting to P11.212 billion will be sourced from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) via the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank).

The KEXIM-EDCF through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the DA has signified its intention to finance the conduct of a study to determine the feasibility of implementing JRMP II.

“The Korean agency has indicated during a mission earlier this year that it shall consider such technical assistance once the detailed engineering design (DED) for the irrigation component is completed. A draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for the conduct of said feasibility study (FS) has been prepared by the DA and subsequently endorsed by NEDA to the KEXIM-EDCF,” Villegas announced.

NIA Region VI Division Manager and concurrent Acting Project Manager of JRMP II Engr. Jesus L. Dato-on said that as of this writing, construction of access roads to the site is on- going.

“NIA targets to finish the JRMP II before the term of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III ends in 2016. JRMP II will benefit farmers and irrigators associations. The project will serve an estimated 21,227 farmer beneficiaries of which 14,893 for the new area and 6,334 for the rehabilitated area.” said Engr. Dato-on.

Aside from irrigation, the two other components of the JRMP II are the hydro-power generation and domestic water.

Grains Central

Another project underway is the Grains Central Project which seeks to rehabilitate, expand, and enhance existing corn trading and processing centers nationwide.

The Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (PhilMech) is the project proponent while the National Agribusiness Corporation (NABCOR) will serve as the project’s implementing agency.

Villegas said that the DA has engaged the assistance of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and International Financial Corporation (IFC) as transaction advisors.

“The PPP Grains Central Project will be presented to Agriculture Secretary Proceso J. Alcala on 15 July 2013, while the complete project documents will be submitted to the NEDA-ICC within the third quarter of this year,” Villegas said.

There are eleven (11) Corn Postharvest Processing and Trading Centers (PHPTC) proposed to be included in the said project. Cold Chain Project Under a different component, the PhilMech has presented a proposal for a project which aims to reduce postharvest losses, maintain the quality of perishable goods, and promote direct marketing/online auctions.

The cold chain system project of the agency has identified five routes that will be included namely: Cagayan-Manila, Visayas-Inter-Island Connections, Manila-Cebu, Cebu-Manila, and Benguet-Manila which will be the pilot route.

The DA-PPP Unit has also conducted ocular inspections on the potential sites for the Fruits and Vegetable Cold Chain Center in La Trinidad, Benguet and in Guiguinto, Bulacan for the AAA abattoir project.

Consultative meetings were also undertaken with the Provincial Local Government Units (PLGUs) of Benguet and Bulacan in order to confirm the availability of sites being eyed for the project. ###Marlo Asis, DA-AFIS

REFERENCE:
Zenaida M. Villegas
Project Development Service
0919-478-4257