Posts Tagged ‘heritage tourism’

RDC endorses Talisay City PPP Project

Philippine Information Agency, 30 January 2013

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Jan.30 (PIA6) — The Economic Development Committee of the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Western Visayas endorsed recently the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project of Talisay City.

The project, dubbed “Talisay City Plaza Complex Heritage Restoration and Redevelopment Project”, is the pilot project of a local government unit of the PPP Center of the Philippines on urban renewal. It is also one of the 16 big-ticket projects to be rolled out this year under the President’s flagship PPP program.

In the plan, no current public market vendor will be displaced.

A series of public hearings and consultations were also conducted by the local government unit of Talisay and the stakeholders affected and involved.

The special meeting was presided by Committee Chair Dominic P. Abad, Regional Director of the Department of Trade and Industry-Region VI and was attended by Dir. Alfonso B. Bedonia of the Department of Budget and Management-Region VI and other members of the committee from both the public and private sector.

Talisay City Mayor Doc Eric M. Saratan and Geraldine M. Santos, a Project Manager of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines presented the concept of the project to the committee.(JCM/EAD-PIA6/Talisay Negros Occidental)


Spanish group eyes part in PPP

Business Mirror, 28 January 2013


Spanish DelegationA 30-MEMBER Spanish delegation arrived in Manila on Monday to seek participation in public-private partnership (PPP) projects, especially in power generation, water supply and tourism.

Some members said they would also like to participate in education, culture and disaster prevention.

The lead group is Tribuna España-Filipinas, which will hold a conference at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati today.

Jose Luis Martin, head of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation said that despite Spain’s budgetary constraints, officials believe future cooperation with the Philippines must be maintained.

“We decided to walk away from other Asian countries, but our relations with the Philippines would not only be maintained but strengthened,” he said during a press conference in Makati.

He said in the past five years, Spain’s aid to the Philippines has amounted to €189 million, up from €30 million in 2011.

He said he hope this year’s level of disbursement would reach €50 million, while finding ways to explore PPP projects and looking for new partners, most especially in infrastructure and tourism.

Moreno said the group would like to strengthen economic ties with different sectors where its presence in the PPP projects would be felt, such as water for sustainable development and others projects, including investing in runways, renewable energy.

Although the delegation acknowledged that funding for renewable energy like wind farms would be difficult at this time, Spain, which is No. 1 in Europe in the production of wind power and the No. 4 worldwide in terms of installed capacity, could lend its expertise in this area.

Told that the Philippines might need more power in the short term to provide energy for its growing needs, Moreno said they have the expertise to provide what the Philippines needs if they could come to an agreement in any of the PPP projects of the administration.

The world’s largest offshore wind farm in deep water is being built by a Spanish company.

Instituto Cervantes Secretary- General Rafael Rodriguez-Ponga said they aim to internationalize some big Spanish companies to develop tourism between Spain and the Philippines, noting that although they had 58 million tourists last year, only a handful, about 40,000 came from Asia and less than that from Manila.

Spain received 125,000 tourists from Beijing, and about one million from Japan. With a population of 48 million, Spain has the second-largest tourist receipt in the world, amounting to €55 billion. It employs 12 percent of its work force, and 14 percent of its income from tourism answers 125 percent of its commercial deficit.

At present there is no direct link between Manila and Madrid and the visiting officials hinted of possible flights between the two cities.

He said Spain would like to receive more tourists from Asia and the Philippines and, in return, it would like to have a solid presence in the country.

Although the Philippines and Spain are separated by distance, he said there are many cultural, historical and linguistic heritages that link the two countries.

Spain, he said, is offering to help in the development of many spots in the Philippines, such as Manila, Intramuros, El Nido, Baler and many other places to attract Spaniards to come here.

Spain is also promoting the teaching of Spanish in the Philippines to broaden contact with Spanish nationals, who have no difficulty communicating with some South American countries, who speak their language fluently.

In an earlier statement, Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Domecq said many partnerships continue to exist between the two countries as a result of previous dialogues. He cited memorandums of understanding signed between the two countries on education and sports.

Domecq said Spain is fully supporting the country’s drive to restore historical architecture in various parts of the country by actively consulting with local governments that wish to develop heritagte tourism in their localities and funding facilities that equip Filipinos with the proper skills to restore such architecture such as the Esquella Taller in Intramuros, Manila.

In recent years, the partnership between the two countries has resulted in over $300 million worth of trade in imports and exports, foreign direct investments of roughly $57 million in 2010, ODA of P91 million in 2011, $1.3 million in grants, $2.48 million in loans, as well an increasing number of tourist arrivals from Spain which reached 15,000 in 2012 alone.

In Photo: (From left) Former Spanish House Speaker Jose Bono, former Defense Secretary Gustavo Suarez Pertierra  and Jose Ma. Moreno, director general of Casa Asia, answer questions from the media during the news  briefing of the Sixth Tribuna España-Filipinas. The Philippines is hosting a “high-level dialogue” with Spain that started on Monday at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City focusing on key efforts to boost partnerships between the Philippines and Spain in business, education, politics and culture. Nonie Reyes


More social infrastructure programs next on public-private partnership agenda

GMA News, 25 December 2012

After hitting the targeted roll-out of eight big-ticket projects for this year, the government is now looking to utilize its flagship public-private partnership (PPP) program for so-called “social infrastructure” projects, such as building housing communities for 60,000 informal sector families in Metro Manila and the “restoration and redevelopment” of heritage structures in Old Manila.

The PPP Center has been looking at proposals for these specific projects, said the center’s executive director Cosette Canilao.

“While the momentum is there, we want to go to the next level. It’s time to move on to more ambitious projects that the government has not done before,” she said.

The relocation of the informal sector in the National Capital Region forms part of the Department of Public Works and Highways’ initiative to declog waterways in the metro, after the southwest monsoon in August caused massive flooding in the region.

Canilao noted that the proposal was jointly put forward by the National Housing Authority and the DPWH.

“The study now focuses on how will it be viable for investors as well as how to build communities and not just housing,” the official said.

“The challenge, really, is building communities – where social services and employment  are available for them [informal settlers],” she added.

The PPP Center, the agency reviewing project proposals for inclusion in the flagship program, is also mulling ways to redevelop the Old Manila area.

“It’s important to maintain the integrity of these structures para ‘di masayang. We are looking at emulating the way Singapore has restored old structures,” Canilao said, referring to the city-state’s historic General Post Office, which was redeveloped into the luxury Fullerton Hotel in 1997.

Canilao said the first two in the pipeline could be the Old Manila Post Office and the Manila Metropolitan Theater, both of which are now in a dilapidated state.

She noted that if everything “goes well,” the housing and restoration projects could be rolled out “by the end of 2013 or in early 2014.”

So far, social infrastructure projects under the PPP program are in the health and education sectors.

Two of these are in already in the bidding stage: the P13.14-billion PPP for School Infrastructure Project Phase 2 that involves the construction of 10,679 classrooms in over 5,000 state-run schools nationwide; and the P5.6-billion project to build, operate and maintain a new 700-bed capacity tertiary orthopedic hospital.

Another social infrastructure project – the P16.5-billion School Infrastructure Project Phase 1 involving the design, finance and construct of about 9,300 classrooms in Luzon, which was awarded last September – was the second PPP to complete the bidding stage. — BM, GMA News


Binay: Walled City Needs Help

Source: Manila Bulletin, 22 May 2012

By JC Bello Ruiz

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar C. Binay wants the private sector to help develop the old walled city of Intramuros in Manila into a tourist hub.

The Vice President issued his appeal to the private sector in the wake of reports that the historic landmark is among the 10 sites in Asia listed by the Global Heritage Fund that are facing “irreparable loss and destruction.”

Binay at a recent forum said public-private partnership (PPP) should be tapped to hasten the development of Intramuros as a tourist hub.

“Based on our own experience in Makati City, I always say that our projects are successful because we involve the private sector,” said Binay, a long-time mayor of the country’s financial center.

“It seems the development of Intramuros as a tourism site is taking some time, so perhaps it’s just right that we ask for help from the private sector,” he said.

The Intramuros Administration is the national government agency tasked to restore old walled city during the Spanish Era and develop it into a prime urban tourist destination.

The Global Heritage Fund had reported that Intramuros is among the “architectural treasures in danger of vanishing under a tide of economic expansion, war and tourism.”

As for the informal settlers in the area, Binay said that they should be relocated if the courts would order so.

The Vice President said that the tourism industry in the country has huge potential but then the government should build the needed infrastructures through PPP to attract more tourists.

The Vice President related that during his visit to South Korea last March, travel agencies there complained that there are times that hotels in the Philippines could not accommodate all their clients who want to visit the country.

Binay had also proposed the creation of a “Martial Law Museum” as another tourist draw in the Philippines.


Building Infrastructure, Driving Growth: PPP as a Catalyst for Transformation

Building Infrastructure, Driving Growth:  PPP as a Catalyst for Transformation*
Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center
and Philippine Constructors Association

2 May 2012
SMX Convention Center

The seminar provides a venue to discuss the current gains of PPP initiatives in the Philippines as well as future developments and investment opportunities that the Asian region can forward to.

The PPP’s seminar is divided into three main panel discussion agenda:

Build to Grow:  Investing on Urban Development through Infrastructure

Metro Manila and key cities in Asia are experiencing rapid urbanization, calling for more mechanisms to address accompanying issues on road and transport infrastructure, housing provisions, water and waste management, energy and other utilities supply, green spaces, among others.  The session discussed the investment opportunities in Philippine urban development through a wide range of infrastructure projects under PPP.  It highlights the key strength of PPP and its critical role in driving growth and changes in urban areas.


Build to Conserve:  PPPs as Driver of Heritage Tourism

Tourism councils in most countries today recognize the need to include heritage tourism in their strategic thrust giving the rising percentage of travelers who want to experience real stories, past and present, behind people, nation and places.  The session will focus on the role of PPPs in pushing heritage tourism, and feature heritage tourism projects in the Philippines and other countries that utilize PPP model.  It discusses the value of conserving heritage sites, including its revenue-generating and livelihood prospects as well as positive impact to communities.


Build to Develop:  The Impact of Social Infrastructure Investments


Social infrastructure investment is found to have a direct and positive impact to the society. Developing PPPs for purposes of improving the quality of education, health and housing has been proven feasible through a number of joint contracts.  This session will showcase some case studies that have successfully demonstrated the benefits of PPPs in various sub-sectors and its social impact especially on underprivileged communities.


*Manila 2012 Event Program Guide