ByÂ Cherry Mae D. Palicte
Tagum City â€“ The Davao del Norte Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Code was recently approved, intending to ensure the active participation of the private sector in local governance and implementation of local projects.
Governor Rodolfo del Rosario approved the code in the presence of Vice Governor Victorio Suaybaguio Jr. and the members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during their 13th Regular Session.
â€śThis Code gives effect to the PPP sanctioned by the national government, recognizing the indispensable role of the private sector touted as the main engine for national growth and development,â€ť he said.
Del Rosario added that the code is among the crucial policy tools needed to adequately prepare the province for the regional economic integration in 2015.
He revealed that the decrees earlier passed by the province in gearing up for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community include the Provincial Investment and Incentives Code, Provincial Tourism Code, and local road networks connecting Davao del Norte to the other provinces.
â€śI am confident that the province will be able to invite more investors to pour in capital for big ticket projects, such as the bridge linking the Island Garden City of Samal to the mainland,â€ť he said.
12 October 2012
More local projects are expected to be included in the pipeline as the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP Center) embarked on its last wave of PPP for local government units (LGUs) training and orientation workshops for the year. Part of the Centerâ€™s targeted training for the year was successfully held last October 2-3, 2012 at the Pearlmont Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. Other regions set to be capacitated are Regions I, II, IV-B, and IX.
Spearheaded by the PPP Center, in coordination with the National Economic and Development Authority (NRO-10) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG-10), the PPP Orientation-Workshop for LGUs in Region-X aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of public-private partnerships, and how to realize critical local infrastructure projects using the PPP option.
In his presentation, NRO-10 Regional Director Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. expressed confidence that the Northern Mindanao Regionâ€™s medium term roadmap will be â€śthe most competitive, efficient, and attractive gateway and industrial core and trade center, as well as becoming the leader in high-value agri-based and fishery products in the southâ€ť.
â€śTo realize this vision, PPP is eyed as one of the viable mechanisms that local governments may use to set up the necessary infrastructure and other facility requirements of the roadmapâ€ť, he added.
Attended by local technical staff and officials from 27 LGUs including the Bukidnon Province, Cagayan de Oro City, Valencia City, and Iligan City, among others, the workshop guided the participating LGUs in identifying local infrastructure and development projects to be pursued under the PPP scheme.
Dir. Eleazar E. Ricote, head of the PPP Center Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Service, provided guidance on how these projects can be structured as PPP. He also stressed that LGUs may now utilize the PPP Center-developed templates on typical LGU projects such as water supply system, government administrative centers, shopping centers, and public markets. Said templates form part of the LGU PPP Manual that the PPP Center distributed during the workshop.
Currently, the PPP Center together with respective LGUs is developing two pilot projects namely the Talisay City Plaza Complex Heritage Restoration and Redevelopment Project, and the El Nido Solid and Liquid Waste Management Facility.
PPP Center Press Release
28 March 2012
Some 180 Visayas and Mindanao mayors and their deputies were briefed on Monday in Iloilo City onÂ getting public-private partnershipÂ (PPP) projects underway during an assembly wherein aÂ three-volume LGU manualÂ on the proper preparation of PPPs was also launched.
Socio-Economic and Planning Secretary Cayetano W. Paderanga led ceremonies on the landmark publication of the manual in the presence of ranking representatives of donor countries and global financial institutions who affirmed the significance of PPPs to spur inclusive growth all over the country.
Opening the first Local Government Units (LGU)-PPP Forum for Visayas and Mindanao Regions,Â Paderanga noted that economic benefits of PPPs by LGUsÂ willÂ reach more people nationwide and have the tremendous potential of surpassing the total gains of PPPs done with national agencies.
He noted, however, that successes of LGUs with PPPs can only be achieved with utmost transparency and accountability in the conduct of the entire breadth of processes to form well-prepared projects that are attractive to the private sector. â€śThis is the only way this can succeed,â€ť Paderanga said as he referred to the Aquino administrationâ€™s thrust of economic recovery on the premise of good governance and transparency.
â€śNow is the time to take advantage of the positive conditions of our financial standing in the global financial community,â€ťÂ Paderanga said.Â Â â€śWe are currently enjoying improved ratings from international financial institutions. Our peso is much stronger, we have lower interest rates, and we have enhanced our long-term peso-bond market. This makes us very attractive to financial institutions that are willing to lend longer for housing and infrastructure financing.â€ť
Speaking on behalf of Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, DILG VI Regional Director Evelyn Trompeta urged local governmentsÂ â€śto sustain the momentum of growth through PPPs which will suit local contexts and needs.â€ťÂ Â She said DILG directives and polices are in place to support this flagship program for infrastructure and social services development.
PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao informed the local government executives that the manual serves to supplement the services that the PPP Center is making available to LGUs to charge up their capacities to initiate PPPs in their locales.
Also joining the forum were British Embassy DeputyÂ Head of Mission, Mr. Trevor James Lewis,Â Asian Development Bank (ADB)Â Country Director Neeraj Jain, ADB Country Economist Aziz Haydarov, Atty. Evelyn Jiz of the Local Governance Support Program for Local Economic DevelopmentÂ and Development Academy of the PhilippinesÂ Senior Vice President Magdalena Mendoza.
Executive Director Canilao said the PPP Center also manages resources that have been committed by donor countries to enable the country to access expertise and international competence in this sphere.Â Â She stated, however, that in the end, what would fuel the PPP program among LGUs is their political will and commitment to see the PPP projects through.
Development partner agencies led by the ADB, Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) have provided support to the PPP Center to strengthen its capacity as the governmentâ€™s focal unit on PPPs. AusAID,Â through ADB, provided additional funding of US$6 million (six million US dollars) toÂ Project Development and Monitoring Facility that augmented P300 million allocated by the government.Â Â ADBÂ also extended assistance on module development for the manual. The British Embassy has provided vital support to PPP Center on capacity building programs.
To help illustrate the successes of LGUs on working together with the private sector,Â Koronadal City Mayor Peter B. Miguel, M.D., presented how the city now enjoys integrated automated systems to efficiently generate revenues, track compliance among constituents, and for risk-reduction responses in cases of emergencies.
The experiences of Cagayan de Oro and Mandaluyong cities on public market buildings were also presented respectively by Ms. Estrella Sagral and Atty. Ernesto Santos to showcase how infrastructure improves services, increases employment generation and support micro, small and medium enterprises.
In Koronadalâ€™s case, Mr. Alberto Morales, chairman and CEO of Geodata Solutions, Inc. said, the ICT project led the company to hire some 50 percent of its current work pool from Koronadal due to transfer of technology successes.
Engineer Rodel Laureles of the Department of Financeâ€™s Municipal Development Fund Office expounded on PPP funding for local government units from MDFO.
The panel of the resource speakers at the Vis-Min forum also tackled queries of the LGU executives such as stability of projects in view of tenure of office of elective officials, help lines, funding and initiating capacity building sessions with the PPP Center.
Executive Director Canilao providedÂ the assurance that PPPs with LGUs are viable. She said the entire process, itself, of preparing projects, if done with utmost transparency, appropriate competitive tendering, and compliance with the pertinent rules, stands as the declaration of the soundness of the projects.
The following materials were presented during theÂ LGU Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Forum held at Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center at Iloilo CityÂ on March 26, 2012.
Philippine Constructors Association, Inc., 16 February 2012
The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center released last week the draft of “A PPP Manual for LGUs: Understanding PPP Concepts and Framework,” to guide all local government units in the implementation of PPP in the Philippines.
The manual was initially devised and prepared by the PPP Center with support from the Development Academy of the Philippines, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and other concerned agencies.
In a statement, PPP Center’s Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Service Director Eleazar E. Ricote said the manual includes the definitions, frameworks and tools encompassing both the build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme and the PPP scheme.
It also takes in a matrix of the nine PPP modes, which is expected to help LGUs in realizing successful PPP projects in the future.
The manual will facilitate LGUs in identifying the qualified projects and tools that they can tap for PPP as well as provide them with the policies and legal framework for the scheme.
Through setting in place the policies and frameworks for PPPs, LGUs can easily distinguish the roles of agencies and committees in the implementation of the program.
Ricote said the finalized manual will be issued by midyear of 2012.