The Philippine Star, 26 August 2014
FROM THE STANDS By Domini M. Torrevillas
Until the 1990s, Metro Manilaâ€™s water supply was in crisis. Only a certain percentage of the population were served. Water distribution was intermittent. Problems of non-paying customers, pilferage and leakage, were the order of the day.
It took the intervention of then President Corazon Aquino and former President Fidel Ramos to reverse Â the water situation from worse to better. This was on account of Â the government improving water services through the implementation of public-private partnership (PPP).
The government saw that the concession model was ideal for the metropolitan area. The private sector was then invited to invest in the operations of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), the governmentâ€™s corporate arm mandated to provide water and sewerage services in Metro Manila. It served a total of 15 million people.
Two 15-year concessions were auctioned with the PPP arrangements administered by concession agreements signed by the government and the winning bidders for the two zones â€“ the East Zone and the West Zone.
In 1997, two concession contracts Â for the eastern and western parts of Metro Manila were awarded to the private sector. Through a very stringent and transparent bidding process, the Ayala-led Manila Water Company, Inc. won the concession for the East Zone, while the Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) won the concession for the West Zone. Manila Water was a joint venture among three business groups: Ayala Corp., Bechtel Enterprises Inc., and United Utilities, and later,Â joined by Mitsubishi.
As the concessionaire of the MWSS for Metro Manilaâ€™s East Zone, Manila Water services over 6 million customers in 23 cities. East Zone includes Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, Marikina, Taguig, Pateros, parts of Manila and Quezon City and the province of Rizal.
The government (the MWSS) remains the owner of the water utility, but the concessionaires are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the water assets, asÂ well as additional investments to improve and expand services, exercise the right to bill and collect for water and wastewater services within their Â service area.
How Manila Water made an ailing public utility Â (become) a commercially viable enterprise which received Â such awards as the InternationalÂ War Associationâ€™s Global Project Innovation and the prestigious Asian Human Capital Award by the Government of Singapore, is told by VirgilioÂ Rivera,Â group director of the Manila Water Corporate Strategy and Development, in a book entitled â€śTAP SECRETS, The Manila Water Story.â€ť
The TAPÂ major secrets are Â Enable, Empower, and Excel. The secrets are, in Riveraâ€™s words, the â€śmanagerial approach that focuses on bringing out the best in its people to accomplish challenges that seem insurmountable when the company took over from the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in 1997.â€ť
Rivera brought along his executives to a session of Bulong Pulungan to show how they contributed to the success of Manila Water. They included Ferdinand de la Cruz, group director, Manila Water East Zone Business Operations and Jeric Sevilla, Manila Water Corporate Communications. Smart and Â efficient female executives were also present at the session.
In his book, Rivera assures that Manila Water â€świll replicate its success in the East Zone in areas outside the concessionâ€¦ to provide clean and safe water to more communities.â€ť Now we are provided with a 7/24 water supply that is safe to drink.
ERIA, 20 August 2014
Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar – August 18, 2014 (updated 20 August):Â The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) held a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Technical Workshop at Hotel Amara, Nay Pyi Taw on August 11, 2014 jointly with the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development (MNPED) of Myanmar. The Workshop is the first in a series of ERIA PPP Technical Workshops to be held in Myanmar, Lao PDR, and Cambodia wherein international leading experts as well as government officials, representatives from the private sector and members of the academia in each of the abovementioned countries share knowledge and views on how to develop a PPP framework using an ongoing draft of the ASEAN PPP Set of Guidelines developed by ERIA. Presentations from the distinguished speakers will be the basis of the open discussions that will ensue afterwards.
This first Workshop in Myanmar was participated in by around 70 invitees from concerned ministries, private sector representatives, and members of academia from and outside Myanmar. H.E. Dr. San Lwin, Deputy Minister of Myanmar’s MNPED, opened the event where he expressed his and the government of Myanmar’s gratitude to ERIA for organizing this important and timely workshop which will support the development of a PPP framework and the successful implementation of the economic reform in Myanmar.
The one-day programme was structured in a way that the morning session provides the audience with a fundamental understanding of PPP together with sectorial issues in Myanmar, and the afternoon panel session discusses how to refine the draft of the PPP Guidelines taking the situation of Myanmar into account.
International speakers in the morning session include: Dr. Michael Regan, Professor of Bond University, Australia; Dr. Ibnu Syabri, Associate Professor of Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia; Mr. Eleazar Ricote, Director of the PPP Center of the Philippines; Mr. Nik Nasir Majid, Independent Consultant of Malaysia; and Mr. Adil Zaidi, Director, Infrastructure & PPP, Ernst & Young LLP. MNPED also invited presenters from: Ministry of Transport; Ministry of Electric Power; Ministry of Rail Transportation; and Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).
The panel discussion in the afternoon was guided by Dr. Fauziah Zen, Economist of ERIA. While introducing the draft of the PPP Guidelines, she mentioned that “we are trying to make the PPP Guidelines as the product of ASEAN Member States, and we are here to communicate with both public and private sectors to obtain inputs to the Guidelines”. In addition to the speakers in the presentation session, discussants from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Construction participated in the active discussion and exchanged views on topics such as the necessity of having a champion institution for PPP, effective incentive mechanisms for private partners, and the definition of PPP in the Myanmar context itself.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Yasushi Iwata, General Manager of ERIA, expressed his hope that this workshop will become the kickoff for Myanmar to develop its own scheme of PPP in the near future. Recommendations and comments from the workshop discussions will be incorporated in the draft of the PPP Guidelines for the latter’s further improvement. The second and third workshops under the ERIA PPP Technical Workshop Series will be held in Lao PDR and Cambodia on August 19 and 21, 2014, respectively.
18 August 2014
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Sun Star, 08 August 2014
ByÂ Isolde D. AmanteÂ andÂ Mia A. Aznar
IT HAS been acknowledged that the lack of infrastructure is why growth in the Philippines has not been inclusive. But despite options that are now available to local governments, there is a lack of awareness among stakeholders.
To push more public-private partnerships, the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) 7 partnered with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) to hold a two-day orientation seminar on public-private partnerships.
Held last Thursday and yesterday, the seminar discussed the countryâ€™s PPP policies, the laws on build-operate-transfer, joint venture agreements and a PPP code for local government units. It also dealt with the services of the PPP Center and a manual for local government units (LGUs).
As this developed, the National Competitiveness Council revealed that only Cebu City and Argao from Central Visayas made it into the list of the countryâ€™s 10 most competitive communities, in terms of infrastructure.
Top 10 towns, cities in infra
Six of the top 10 cities come from Luzon, and two are from the Visayas. Only two are from Mindanao as well, but these are in the top spots.
Following Davao City and Cagayan de Oro in the top 10 cities list are: 3) Marikina, 4) Makati, 5) Cebu City, 6) Quezon City, 7) Iloilo, 8) Angeles, 9) Pasay and 10) Manila.
Of the top 10 towns, only Argao from Cebu Province made it among the Central Visayas municipalities. Luzon again dominated the list, with seven of the top 10 towns, including the top three. Two of the top towns are in Mindanao.
The top 10 towns in terms of infrastructure are: 1) Daet, Camarines Norte; 2) Rodriguez, Rizal; 3) Paniqui, Tarlac; 4) Argao, Cebu; 5) Nabunturan, Compostela Valley; 6) Taytay, Rizal;
7) General Trias, Cavite; 8) Donsol, Sorsogon; 9) Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon; and 10) Silang, Cavite.
The full list appears onÂ www.competitive.org.
During the seminar in Cebu, Neda 7 Assistant Regional Director Ruth Cruz said that even with the PPP Center and the BOT law in place, there is still not enough infrastructure projects being developed. She said they felt the need to orient stakeholders on the options available to them so they can make plans for their own localities and spur growth in those areas.
â€śVery few have first-hand knowledge of the BOT law and how to go about PPP,â€ť she explained. She added that many LGUs have not explored the option of getting into joint ventures with private companies even if they have the power to do so.
Cruz said local chief executives â€świth big dreamsâ€ť for their towns or cities can implement infrastructure projects this way.
They believe there are many in the private sector who are qualified to bid for projects but do not fully understand how to go about the process.
Aside from orienting stakeholders on the policies of such options, Cruz said the seminar also served as a venue for the private sector to network with interested government officials. Among those who attended were representatives of local government units including a few mayors from as far as Siquijor, business owners, civil society leaders and foreign consultants.
Last Thursday, they had certified PPP specialist lawyer Alberto Agra to discuss the definition and modalities of PPP, the Philippine BOT law, joint venture agreements, and the PPP code for LGUs. Yesterday, PPP Center Director Eleazar Ricote discussed the PPP Centerâ€™s capacity building services and the PPP manual for LGUs.
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12 August 2014
The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines serves as resource institution in the ongoing efforts of the ASEAN to establish PPP guidelines for member countries.
PPP Center Director Eleazar E. Ricote presented to the regional audience the country’s PPP policy, institutional, program and project experience, initiatives and reform efforts as inputs to the Guidelines initiated by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) during the Technical Workshop Series Towards Establishing PPP Guidelines in Southeast Asia held at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar last August 11, 2014.
The PPP Center, recently recognized by the 2014 Partnership Awards as the Best Government PPP Promoter, takes on an active role in the ASEAN’s agenda of regional sharing and exchange of PPP knowledge and experience.
In December 2014, another round of ASEAN PPP Forum will be held in Manila, with the PPP Center as co-organizer.Â Â This is aimed at collaboratively strengthening PPP institutions in the region, consistent with the integration agenda and possible cross border infrastructure and development projects.
Business World, 01 August 2014
ByÂ Ailyn D. Galura
InterAksyon, 30 July 2014
ByÂ Azer N. Parrocha, Philippines News Agency
MANILA — The government has awarded and signed off on seven Public-Private Partnership projects, with a total value of P62.6 billion in just four years during the Aquino administration.
This was among the achievements cited by President Benigno S. Aquino III during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.
President Aquino said that with this number, the government has surpassed the combined six approved solicited PPP projects of the past three administrations from December 2011 to June this year.
These PPPs are:
â€śAgain: Good economics is borne of good governance,â€ť the President said in his speech.
He also noted that more infrastructure projects will be nearing completion this year including more export expansions, fixing of roads and expressway projects, among others.
Currently, the biggest PPP project at P123-billion is the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike, which is set to be completed by yearend.
Inquirer.net, 28 July 2014
ByÂ Kristine Angeli Sabillo
MANILA, Philippines â€“ A mega dike in Laguna and a green city in Subic are among the top public private partnership (PPP) projects being eyed by the government, President Benigno Aquino III said during his fifth State of the Nation Address.
He said the public bidding for the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike would begin before 2014 ends.
The project will address flooding in the area through the construction of a dike, which will also result in cleaner water for Laguna Lake.
Aquino said it would also help lessen traffic congestion because of the construction of an expressway, from Los BaĂ±os to Taguig, on top of the dike.
He said it wonâ€™t cost the government anything, only a portion of the reclaimed land, which will serve as the payment to the winning bidder.
On the other hand, Aquino said the Clark Green City will be the â€ścenter of commerce and industry in Central Luzon.â€ť
He said it will be larger than the Bonifacio Global City.