Posts Tagged ‘PPP’

Government eyes PPP to implement 11 new projects

Business Mirror, 15 April 2014

By Cai U. Ordinario

 

The national government is in the process of conceptualizing 11 projects to be implemented under the public- private partnership (PPP) scheme, according to a first quarter 2014 report recently released by the PPP Center.

The list includes three projects to be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and two projects to be implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).

Further, PPP Center documents showed that one project each will be implemented by the Philippine Statistics Authority-Santa Mesa (formerly the National Statistics Office), Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), Bases Conversion and Development Authority and National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

The document also showed that one project will be implemented jointly by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the Department of Health and another will be implemented by the DOTC and the Department of Finance.

The projects are Civil Registration System— Information Technology Project Phase II; Ferry Passenger Terminal Buidlings Development; C-6 Expressway (Southeast, East, and North Section); PhilHealth Information TBD PhilHealth/ Technology Project; Manila Heritage and Urban Renewal Project; and North Luzon Expressway (Nlex) East Expressway.

Other projects are the FAB Barging Facility/ Port Project; Busuanga Airport Development Project; Clark Green City Food Processing Terminal; NIA Irrigation Project; and the Camarines Sur Expressway Project.

Of the projects, only the Nlex East Expressway has a description. The DPWH project aims to form an important transport access in the eastern area of Region 3. This will further spur economic development in said areas.

Once completed, the Nlex East Expressway will provide travelers with an alternate route in going to and from Cabanatuan City which connects to major roads leading to Region 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region.

The Nlex East Expressway project is a four-lane, 6.8-kilometer road that will run parallel to the Maharlika Highway (Pan Philippine Highway) starting off at La Mesa Parkway and/or junction of C-6 in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, passing through Norzagaray, Angat, San Ildefonso, San Miguel, Gapan, Santa Rosa, and ending at Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija.

The project will be implemented in two phases and bridges will also be constructed to cross the rivers of Angat, Panaranda and Pampanga.

It will serve the growing areas of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija provinces. The project starts at Don Mariano Marcos Avenue in Quezon City, traverses almost parallel to Daang Maharlika, serving the areas of San Miguel, Gapan and Cabanatuan City.

The PPP Center was created through Executive Order 8 Series of 2010 and mandated to facilitate the implementation of the country’s PPP program and projects.

It provides technical assistance to national government agencies, government-owned and -controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, and local government agencies, as well as to the private sector to help develop and implement critical infrastructure and other development projects.

The PPP program of the Aquino administration is a primary strategy for national development aimed at accelerating infrastructure and other development services, in order to sustain national economic growth.

 

Biz Buzz: Winning streak

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 14 April 2014

By Miguel R. Camus

 

They say good things come in pairs or threes but the transportation department—which is the one agency now that needs a positive lift as Metro Manila commuters simmer on MRT’s woes—has been defying those averages.

Over the past two weeks it has signed a PPP contract, awarded a key airport PPP and, last Thursday, received affirmations from the United States Federal Aviation Administration and the European Union, allowing expanded flights to the US and Europe.

There was so much good cheer Thursday that even Cebu Pacific, which was removed from a “blacklist” by the EU, overlooked the fact that their news was eclipsed by the FAA’s own announcement—or that Ramon Ang of rival Philippine Airlines made a surprise appearance at the CebuPac-EU press conference.

(Biz Buzz learned that Ang was invited by the Civil Aviation Authority of Philippines at the last minute because of the FAA announcement that the country’s category 1 status was restored after six years).

It was a fleeting scene of friendship between “idol” Lance Gokongwei of Cebu Pacific and his “Kuya” Ang as both recognized efforts by the team of CAAP director general William Hotchkiss III and deputy director general John Andrews.

On PPPs, the keystone infrastructure program received a boost as losing bidders gave the transportation department’s bids and awards committee passing marks for awarding the project. The P17.5-billion Mactan Cebu International Airport was awarded to the Megawide-GMR consortium last April 4 despite various issues raised by the Filinvest Group, the partner of Singapore’s Changi Airport.

Biz Buzz reached out to the five losing bidders (excluding Filinvest, which expressed its “disappointment” at the decision) and each one felt the bidding process was conducted in a fair and transparent manner.

A few of them even noted that the decision bolstered the PPP program in the eyes of investors, although that would depend on the results of a petition filed by Sen. Sergio Osmeña III to the Supreme Court to halt the project.

As noted, more work still needs to be done and at a faster pace—we hope—as time is running out for the current administration. But for this brief moment we felt that recent achievements are worth mentioning. Keep ’em coming.

 

SMC revises Skyway alignment

The Philippine Star, 14 April 2014

By Lawrence Agcaoili

 

MANILA, Philippines – Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has changed the alignment of the proposed P15.86 billion Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) expressway Phase 2 to minimize traffic congestion around the area.

Skyway O&M Corp. president Manuel Bonoan told participants of the 2014 Business Journalism Seminar organized by SMC and the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines (EJAP) that the alignment of the proposed expressway has been diverted along Estero Tripa de Gallina to decongest traffic around the NAIA Road, Domestic Road, and Airport Road.

The NAIA Expressway starts at the existing Skyway then follows the existing road alignments over Sales Ave., Andrews Ave., Domestic Road, and NAIA Road.

Under the revised alignment, Bonoan said the proposed expressway would pass through along the Estero Tripa de Gallina instead of the congested Domestic Road.

“To avoid putting structure at Domestic Road and Airport Road,  we might be at the back of Park ‘N Fly,” he added.

Bonoan said the revision in the alignment of the proposed expressway would entail a change in the total project cost.

However, he said the revised project cost would still have to be finalized.

In July last year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inked a concession agreement with SMC’s Optimal Infrastructure for the proposed expressway under the Aquino administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

It would be recalled that the P11 billion bid of the SMC unit edged the P305 million submitted by Manila North Tollways Luzon Corp. (MNTC) of publicly-held infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) in April last year.

The 7.15 kilometer four-lane NAIA Expressway project is a strategic part of the envisioned Metro Manila Urban Expressway System to be built around a network of expressways serving Metro Manila.

The project valued at P15.86 billion would provide access to NAIA Terminals 1, 2, and 3 linking the Skyway in the South Luzon expressway (SLEX) and the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (Cavitex).

It would also support the development of the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) Entertainment City located along the Manila Bay reclamation area. It will well connect all three terminals of the NAIA Complex and ease the flow of traffic to and from the airport.

The project involves the improvement of Phase 1, the construction of Phase 2, the construction of at-grade feeder roads leading to and from PAGCOR Entertainment City , and the operation and maintenance.

The first phase of the road project was completed by SMC’s Citra Metro Manila Tollways Corp. through the construction of an off-ramp that leads to the front of the NAIA Terminal 3.

Bonoan said the civil works for Phase II-A between the Entertainment City and NAIA Terminals 1 and 2 would be on full blast in either in May or June this year.

On the other hand, Phase II-B covers Domestic Road to NAIA Terminal 3 at Sales Street.

 

Ayala to bid for P100-b projects

Manila Standard Today, 14 April 2014

By Jenniffer B. Austria

 

Ayala Corp., after bagging two contracts from the government, plans to bid for three major public-private partnership projects with a combined cost of over P100 billion in the second quarter.

Ayala Corp. managing director Eric Francia said in an interview the conglomerate would participate in the bidding for the Light Railway Transit Line 1 Cavite extension project, Cavite-Laguna Expressway and the Southwest Integrated Provincial Transport Terminal.

Francia said Ayala Corp. would team up with Metro Pacific Investments Corp. for the P65-billion LRT Line 1 extension project, which would expand the existing 20.7-kilometer LRT Line 1 by another 11.7-km from Baclaran to Bacoor, Cavite.

He said Ayala Corp. would team up with the Aboitiz group for the P35.4-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway project, a 47-kilometer toll road that aims to ease traffic congestion in the two industrial provinces.

Ayala Corp. and real estate unit Ayala Land Inc. would jointly bid for the P2.5-billion southwest terminal of the Integrated Transport System project, he said.

Francia said the conglomerate was satisfied with the changes in the terms of reference for the LRT 1 Cavite Extension project undertaken by the transport department after a failed bidding in August last year.

“For LRT 1, I am hopeful that this time around we will have a successful bid since they addressed most concerns of bidders,” Francia said.

He said for the Southwest terminal project, the company planned to tap Ayala Land which was currently developing a mixed-use development beside the proposed integrated terminal project.

Ayala Corp. already won two PPP projects, including the P2-billion Daanghari South Luzon Expressway connector road and the P1.7-billion automated fare collection system, in partnership with Metro Pacific.

Ayala Corp.’s unit AC Infrastructure Holdings Inc. earlier committed to invest $200 million in the transport infrastructure sector by 2016.

Meanwhile, Ayala Corp.’s unit Liveit Global Services Management Institute plans to open 12 low-cost secondary schools in the coming school year.

Liveit earlier formed a 60:40 joint venture with Pearson of the UK, the world’s leading learning company, to build a chain of secondary schools that are affordable for lower income households.

Liveit president Fred Ayala said the joint venture company called Affordable Private Education Center, planned to build schools in most congested areas in Metro Manila, like Caloocan City, Quezon City, Marikina and Pasig City.  Average tuition fee would be P25,000 including books.

 

BCDA to bid out first phase of Clark Green City project by mid-year

InterAksyon, 14 April 2014

By Darwin G. Amojelar

 

BAGUIO, Philippines – State-owned Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will bid out the first phase of the Clark Green City Project by the middle of this year.

During the Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines-San Miguel Corp Business Journalism Seminar held in this city, BCDA president Arnel Paciano Casanova said the first phase of the project would be “offered to the market by mid of 2014.”

The project would involve transforming the Clark Special Economic Zone into a “green city” patterned after South Korea’s New Songdo business district. At the heart of the Clark Green City is a 9,450-hectare metropolis.

The project would play a major role in decongesting Metro Manila. Under the first phase, some 1,321 hectares would be developed.

The first five years of the project would cost P59 billion, and would be undertaken through the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

Once completed, the Clark Green City would generate approximately P1.57 trillion per year to the economy and create 925,000 jobs, Casanova said.

He said the project would be presented to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for approval.

Earlier, BCDA signed a memorandum of understanding with Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority (IFEZA) for the transformation of Clark into a smart and green city. IFEZA operates the Songdo business district.

 

Operation & Maintenance of the Bacolod Airport

Bacolod is located south of the Philippine Archipelago and is home to some of the Philippine’s major tourist destinations. Bacolod is the capital of Negros Occidental and is home to the famous Maskara Festival, which is a major tourist attraction of the country. The project will boost further the cities’ tourism agenda, allowing a greater influx of tourists to this exciting destination.

Implementing Agency:

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)

Project Description:

The Department of Transportation and Communications and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will partner with a private sector proponent under an appropriate PPP arrangement to undertake the operations and maintenance of the Bacolod Airport for a defined concession period. With the private sector at the helm of the airports’ business functions, customers can look forward to first-rate amenities and facilities that will improve customer amenities and provide additional facilities to boost the airports’ safety and operational efficiency.

The project will decongest the Bacolod Airport, which is currently operating over-capacity. Bacolod Airport is located in Bacolod City in Negros Occidental.

Investment Opportunity:

The private proponent shall undertake the operation and maintenance of the airport as well as provide additional facilities and other necessary improvements to enhance passenger safety, security, access, passenger and cargo movement efficiency, and operational efficiency.

Estimated Project Cost;

PhP 90.40 Billion | USD 2.01 Billion

Status:

On-going preparation of feasibility study

Contact Persons:

ATTY. RENE K. LIMCAOCO
Undersecretary, DOTC
(+632) 725.0204 local 247

ATTY. JAIME RAPHAEL C. FELICIANO
Assistant Secretary, DOTC
(+632) 725.0013

MS. FEROISA FRANCISCA T. CONCORDIA
Assistant Director, Project Development Service
PPP Center
(+632) 929-9251
(+632) 990-0721 local 6102

Operation & Maintenance of the Davao Airport

Davao is located south of the Philippine Archipelago and is home to some of the Philippine’s major tourist destinations. Davao is a highly progressive and urbanized city and acts as the main trade, financial, and industry hub of Mindanao. The project will boost further the cities’ tourism agenda, allowing a greater influx of tourists to this exciting destination.

Implementing Agency:

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)

Project Description:

The Department of Transportation and Communications and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will partner with a private sector proponent under an appropriate PPP arrangement to undertake the operations and maintenance of the Davao Airport for a defined concession period. With the private sector at the helm of the airports’ business functions, customers can look forward to first-rate amenities and facilities that will improve customer amenities and provide additional facilities to boost the airports’ safety and operational efficiency.

The project will decongest the Davao Airport, which is currently operating over-capacity. Davao Airport is located in Davao City.

Investment Opportunity:

The private proponent shall undertake the operation and maintenance of the airport as well as provide additional facilities and other necessary improvements to enhance passenger safety, security, access, passenger and cargo movement efficiency, and operational efficiency.

Estimated Project Cost;

PhP 21.44 Billion | USD 476.44 Million

Status:

On-going preparation of feasibility study

Contact Persons:

ATTY. RENE K. LIMCAOCO
Undersecretary, DOTC
(+632) 725.0204 local 247

ATTY. JAIME RAPHAEL C. FELICIANO
Assistant Secretary, DOTC
(+632) 725.0013

MS. FEROISA FRANCISCA T. CONCORDIA
Assistant Director, Project Development Service
PPP Center
(+632) 929-9251
(+632) 990-0721 local 6102