The Philippine Star, 08 June 2014
By Lawrence Agcaoili
MANILA, Philippines – The Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines bagged the Best Central/Regional Government PPP Promoter award during the Partnerships Award 2014 held at Parks Plaza Westminster Bridge in London last Friday.
The PPP Center of the Philippines edged seven other nominees including the Agency for Public-Private Partnership, Republic of Croatia; the California Department of Transportation; the Maryland Department of Transportation Office of the Lieutenant Governor; the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority; the Scottish Futures Trust; the Texas Department of Transportation; and the Unidade Central de PPP of the Government of Minas Gerais, Brasil
The âBest Central/Regional Government PPP Promoter category is a recognition given to central or regional government departments, or PPP units that have helped promote partnerships and establish healthy deal flow or successfully managed operational projects in 2013.
Industry professionals from both the public and private sectors judged the entries.
The PPP Center was the lone Asian PPP unit to be shortlisted to the internationally acclaimed awards.
âWe are very happy with the shortlisting of the Philippine PPP Center to the Partnerships Awards 2014. We are now reaping the fruits of our efforts to create a healthy deal flow and conducive PPP environment in the country. And this is being recognized by the global PPP community,â PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao earlier said in a statement.
Partnerships Bulletin and PPP Bulletin International are UK-based organizations involved in magazine publication and websites that provide in-depth updates on partnership workings between the public and private sector.
Both are sources of information on international PPPs particularly on legislation, regulation, working procedure and market potential.
With more than 15 years of exposure in the industry, they have been recognized as credible institutions in terms of private finance initiative (PFI) and PPPs.
The Aquino administration has lined up over 50 PPP projects, more than half of which are transportation infrastructure projects under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).
The government has so far awarded seven PPP projects worth close to P68 billion including the Daang Hari â South Luzon expressway link road (P2 billion), PPP for School Infrastructure Project Phase 1 (P8.86 billion), the PSIP-2 (P16.28 billion), the modernization project for the Philippine Orthopedic Center (P5.98 billion), the Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway (P15.52 billion), the automated fare collection system project (P1.72 billion), and the Mactan â Cebu international airport expansion project (P17.5 billion).
The government expects to award at least 15 major infrastructure projects worth over P222 billion including the P64.9-billion Light Rail Transit Line 1 Cavite extension project, the P35.4-billion Cavite â Laguna expressway project, the P29.83-billion Bulacan bulk water supply project, and the P15.92-billion operation and maintenance (O&M) of the Laguindingan Airport.
Business World, 05 June 2014
âNo, we are not joining San Miguel,â Mr. Razon replied during an annual shareholdersâ meeting in ParaĂ±aque City yesterday when asked to clarify his earlier remarks on the $10-billion airport project.
In May, Mr. Razon said at the World Economic Forum (WEF) that an improved airport âis synergistic with our tourism business — itâs synergistic with everythingâ and that businesses âshouldâ seek to join the project if SMC opens it up to partners.
He was silent on his own groupâs interest, but during one of the WEF discussions he expressed doubts about the universal applicability of public-private partnerships (PPPs), saying that âitâs extremely limited what actually can be done via PPPs because it is difficult for the private sector to make any kind of return on projects like airport runways.â
SMC, through President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang, briefed President Benigno S. C. Aquino III on May 14 on general plans for a new airport.
SMC likewise disclosed to the bourse a day later that the proposed airport, which will be constructed on a build-operate-transfer basis, will be located at the waterfront reclamation project along the Manila-Cavite coastal road at the border of ParaĂ±aque and Las PiĂ±as cities.
Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya said in May that the government was considering Sangley Point, Cavite and the Laguna de Bay area as possible sites for the airport that would be an alternative to the already-congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Pasay City.
Asked if his agency has received a formal plan and detailed presentation on the $10-billion airport project, Mr. Abaya replied in a text message yesterday: âNot yet. We have already asked twice. Not sure of the hesitance.â
The Japan International Cooperation Agency recommends building the capitalâs new international airport at Sangley Point for reasons of accessibility.
SMCâs proposed airport would have four runways to accommodate 250 takeoffs and landings per hour — against NAIAâs 40 per hour.
Officials from SMC were not immediately available for comment.
PPP Bulletin, 06 June 2014
The PPP Center of the Philippines has won a Gold Award at last nightâs annual Partnerships Awards.
The center won in the Best Central/Regional Government PPP Promoter, with judges recognising its important role in developing the PPP market not just in the Philippines but across Asia.
It beat stiff competition, including from the Scottish Futures Trust, which received a Silver Award in the category.
Among the other winners on the night were international firms such as Pinsent Masons, which took a Gold Award in the Best Legal Advisor category and SMBC, which scooped the Best Debt Funder category for the third year running.
Meanwhile, the US Ohio River Bridges Project â East End Crossing scheme was the eveningâs big winner in the projects section, winning the Best Road Project award as well as the prestigious Projects Grand Prix, which rewards the best deal of all the eveningâs winners.
For the full list of winners, see below:
Best Accommodation Project
Alder Hey Childrenâs Health Park â Gold Award
CitĂ© Musicale PPP, Paris â Silver Award
Best Central/Regional Government PPP Promoter
PPP Center of the Philippines â Gold Award
Scottish Futures Trust â Silver Award
Best Debt Funder
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation â Gold Award
Best Designed Project
St Catherine’s Health Centre â Gold Award
Balfour Beatty Investments â Gold Award
Siemens Financial Services â Silver Award
Best Financial Adviser
RBC Capital Markets â Gold Award
Best Infrastructure Fund Manager
InfraRed Capital Partners â Gold Award
Best Legal Adviser
Pinsent Masons â Gold Award
Mayer Brown â Silver Award
Best Operational Project
Clacton Schools PFI Project â Gold Award
Best Pathfinder Project
PoznaĆ Energy-from-Waste Project â Gold Award
Best Project Team
West London Waste Authority â Gold Award
Best Rail Project
Ottawa Light Rail Construction Project â Confederation Line â Gold Award
Best Road Project
Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project â Gold Award
SAA-A1/A6 Diemen â Almere Havendreef Project â Silver Award
Best Technical Adviser
Arup â Gold Award
Mott MacDonald â Silver Award
Best Waste/Energy/Water Project
West London Waste Management PPP â Gold Award
Greater Gabbard Offshore Transmission Owner â Silver Award
Projects Grand Prix
Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project
Best Individual Contribution
Nicholas Jennett, Director, New Products & Special Transactions â European Investment Bank -Â See more at:Â http://www.pppbulletin.com/
09 June 2014
PPP Center Deputy Executive Director Sherry Ann N. Austria made a courtesy call to Philippine Ambassador to the UK Enrique Manalo to share with him the news about the PPP Center’s Award as Best Central Government PPP Promoter from the Partnerships Bulletin of the UK.
In the photo (L-R) is Anne Marie Kristine C. UmaliÂ of the Philippine Trade and Industry Investment Center- Philippine Embassy, PPP Center Deputy Executive Director Sherry Ann Austria, and Ambassador Enrique Manalo.
09 June 2014
PPP Center’s Deputy Executive Director Atty. Sherry Ann Austria receives the Best Central Government PPP Promoter Award for the PPP Center.
She is flanked by host Josh Widdecombe and trophy presenter Richard Ashcroft.
PPP Center bested other agencies like the Agency for Public-Private Partnership, Republic of Croatia, California Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority, Scottish Futures Trust, Texas Department of Transportation and the Unidade Central de PPP of the Government of Minas Gerais of Brasil.
20 March 2014
The Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines is the lone Asian PPP unit to be shortlisted to the internationally acclaimed Partnerships Awards 2014. The Philippine PPP Center has been shortlisted for the âBest Central/Regional Government PPP Promoterâ category.
PPP Center Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao said that, âWe are very happy with the shortlisting of the Philippine PPP Center to the Partnerships Awards 2014. We are now reaping the fruits of our efforts to create a healthy deal flow and conducive PPP environment in the country. And this is being recognized by the global PPP community.â
The âBest Central/Regional Government PPP Promoterâ category is a recognition given to central or regional government departments, or PPP units who have helped to promote partnerships and establish healthy deal flow or successfully managed operational projects in 2013.
Industry professionals representing both the public and private sector will judge the entries. The awarding ceremony will take place at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London on5 June 2014.
In 2013, the Department of Educationâs PPP for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) Phase I was shortlisted for the âBest Pathfinder Projectâ category. The âBest Pathfinderâ category is given to public infrastructure projects that demonstrate the best âfirst of its kindâ in a sector or region.
Partnerships Bulletin and PPP Bulletin International are UK-based organizations involved in magazine publication and websites that provide in-depth updates on partnership working between the public and private sector. Both are sources of information on international PPPs particularly on legislation, regulation, working procedure and market potential. With more than 15 years of exposure in the industry, they have been recognized as credible institutions in terms of private finance initiative (PFI) and PPPs.
The full shortlist in the various categories of the Partnerships Awards 2013 is posted at the Partnerships Bulletin website:Â www.partnershipsbulletin.com/
The Wall Street Journal, 03 June 2014
By Cris Larano
The Philippine government is betting on increased infrastructure spending to sustain economic growth, which slipped below expectations in the first quarter after a string of natural disasters late last year hobbled domestic output.
The Department of Budget and Management has laid out a plan to bolster government spending on public infrastructureâroads, airports, water supply, transportationâto 5% of gross domestic product by the time PresidentÂ Benigno Aquino IIIÂ leaves office in 2016, up from 1.8% when he took power in June 2010.
The government plans to spend 399.43 billion pesos ($9.1 billion) on public works this year, or around 3% of GDP. Thatâs projected to rise to 826 billion pesos by 2016.
Last week, President Aquino and his cabinet approved nine projects worth $1.4 billion, the biggest of which is a $425 million dam-and-water-tunnel project that would supply 600 million liters of water a day to the capital by 2020.
Another project is a $325 million, 10-year contract for the operation and maintenance of Manilaâs electric train systems.
But policy makers, including Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, acknowledge the increased spending wonât be enough for the Philippines to make up for years of underinvestment relative to its Southeast Asian neighbors.
According to the World Bankâs 2014 Logistics Performance Index, a benchmarking tool that compares trade logistics in 160 countries, Philippine infrastructure is the worst among the six Southeast Asian nations ranked, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. The Philippines ranked 75th on the list, with a score of 2.6 out of a maximum of 5.
The amount needed for infrastructure investment in the region is staggering. The Asian Development Bank estimates that between 2010 and 2020, the Asia-Pacific region will require $8 trillion in funding for various infrastructure projects such as power plants, roads, transportation and telecommunications. Southeast Asia itself will require $60 billion a year, the ADB says.
Philippine policy makers hope the private sector can help close the gap through public-private partnerships, as well as investments in sectors where the government is prohibited by law from investing except under certain conditions, such as the power sector.
Among major projects under way is the NLEX-SLEX connector road, a six-lane, 14.8-kilometer elevated highway connecting toll roads to provinces north and south of Manila. The project, being financed by the private sector, should be completed by 2017 at a cost of 25.7 billion pesos.
Another project is the new $10-billion Manila international airport proposed by San Miguel Corp. The current international airport is congested and badly dated, hobbling the goal of attracting 10 million tourists by 2016.
Bernard Aw, an analyst at Singaporeâs Forecast Ltd., said the approval of nine projects under the governmentâs public-private partnership program will help get things moving.
âFaster approval and rollout of infrastructure projects will certainly inspire more confidence in both domestic and international investors,â he said. But he noted that other factors are equally important in attracting foreign investment, such as a stable inflationary environment, low interest rates and political stability.
In a recent report, DBS Group said infrastructure spending will help the Philippines recover from a disappointing first quarter, when the economy grew at a slower-than-expected 5.7% on-year. DBS expects the Philippine economy to grow 6.3% for the full year.
Last year the Philippine economy grew 7.2%, the fastest pace in Asia after China.
HSBC economist Trinh Nguyen said the increased spending for public infrastructure will drive growth moving forward, but is no magic bullet.
âThe issue with the Philippines has always been not enough investment to capitalize on its demographic dividend, and the increase will certainly help,â she said. âOverall, the country is making gradual progress and will add up to higher investment, but this will take time.â
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 02 June 2014
By Miguel R. Camus
2 southern transport terminals to be bid out
MANILA, PhilippinesâTwo public-private partnership (PPP) deals aimed at creating gateways for mass transportation services in Metro Manila were given the green light by the National Economic Development Authority (Neda) following a board meeting last week.
This means the P4-billion Integrated Transport System (ITS) South Terminal project, as well as the P 2.5-billion ITS Southwest Terminal project can now proceed, after certain contract terms were revised to make these more attractive to bidders.
The development, in particular, was positive for interested groups in the ITS Southwest Terminal deal, which was already in the process of bidding. The bid parameters were a key issue raised by interested groups, a transportation department spokesperson said previously.
The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said the ITS Southwest Terminal will be built along the Coastal Road that connects Manila to Cavite, while the ITS-South Terminal will be built at the FTI complex along the South Luzon Expressway. The government was originally due to accept bids by June 16.
The ITS system was designed to create intermodal hubs where provincial buses would disembark passengers to transfer to other in-city modes of transport such as rail lines, city buses and UV Express vans, the department said.
âThese will make travel more efficient and convenient for passengers, as well as decongest traffic on the main thoroughfares of Metro Manila, since provincial bus terminals within the metropolis will no longer be allowed to operate,â it added.
TheÂ NedaÂ board approval also gave the go-signal to several other projects of the transportation department.
These include the contract to operate the Light Rail Transit Line 2, structured as a public-private partnership deal for a 10- to 15-year concession period. The DOTC said the project will be bid out within the second quarter of the year and will include the current 13.8-kilometer line from Recto toÂ Santolan, as well as the 4.19-kilometer extension toÂ MasinagÂ in Rizal.
Another project approved byÂ NedaÂ was the P10.6-billion Cebu Bus Rapid Transit system, which involves a segregated lane for buses, controlled dispatching, priority in stoplight signaling and fixed stops aimed at increasing passenger mobility.
The Cebu project will run on a 23-kilometer corridor having 33 stations. It will have 176 high-quality buses. A detailed engineering design is currently being prepared, and bidding for its construction is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015, the DOTC said.
Manila Bulletin, 29 May 2014
By Charissa Luci
A House leader is calling on the Aquino government to ease the air traffic congestion by building new airports under the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) scheme.
Iloilo Representative Jerry Trenas, who himself experienced flight delays cited the need to improve the countryâs airport system, even as he lamented the lack of runways to accommodate the volume of air traffic especially during holidays.
He said the planned construction of additional runways should be pushed by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to address the growing congestion problem at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport ( NAIA).
âWe should really support the plan of the DOTC to construct another runway parallel to the existing ones to ease traffic congestion at the airport as I often experience going back and forth to my district every week,â he said.
âThe perennial delays in almost all flights going to and from Manila is really disappointing so I think the plan should be immediately funded and implemented to ease inconvenience to passengers and alleviate the financial burdens to the airlines,â he added.
He said it is about time for the government to redeem the NAIAâs bad reputation as the worldâs worst airport in the world.
Manila Bulletin, 25 May 2014
By Chino Leyco
Port and casino operator Enrique K. Razon has joined the government in appealing for publicâs patience amid the slow rolling out of several public-private partnership (PPP) projects that President Aquino described as the centerpiece of his administration.
During the recent World Economic Forum on East Asia, Razon, chairman and chief executive of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), said he understands if the government requires a slow and tedious process to take this PPP initiative off the ground.
âIt takes a long time to get these projects off the ground, but once momentum starts, they start moving along in a good pace and to get to that point, we have to be patient,â Razon said during a session hosted by ABS-CBN at the WEF on East Asia summit.
A slow implementation of PPP projects could be observed not only in the Philippines, but also in other parts of the world, Razon, whose business interests expand across Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa, explained.
The Aquino administration has lined up about 54 projects under the PPP initiative, but only seven of them have been successfully awarded to date.
While the government still asks assistance from the private sector for its several projects, Razon said that the governmentâs ability to increase spending on infrastructure has improved over the past years.
âI believe they are allocating more and more on budget [for infrastructure] and the government can certainly afford it now. Our government is investment grade, cost of funding is very cheap at the moment and we can do it, we just have to be patient,â the Filipino billionaire said.
Meanwhile, Razon said his group is willing to teaming up with diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corporation for the proposed $10-billion mega airport project near the capital, Manila.
Razon, who is also the chairman of gaming company Bloomberry Resorts Corporation, however, clarified that the Ramon S. Ang-led conglomerate has not approached any of his companies for a possible partnership.
A Razon-San Miguel partnership, if ever, will create synergies with Bloomberryâs tourism business Solaire Resort and Casino at the Entertainment City of state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).
Aside from the proposed airport, San Miguel is also helping to boost foot traffic at the Entertainment City, which is envisioned to be a key gaming hub of Asia, by building the NAIA Expressway.
âI wish SMC all the power in the world and the luck to do that because we need the airport,â Razon told reporters on the sidelines of the WEF on East Asia late Friday last week.
Malaya, 27 May 2014
The Aquino administrationâs public-private partnership (PPP) program is crucial in attaining the governmentâs infrastructure spending target by 2016, the National Economic and Development Authority said.
NEDA director-general Arsenio Balisacan stressed the crucial role of the PPP in the success of the governmentâs infrastructure program during the Kick-Off Meeting on the Capacity Development Technical Assistance (CDTA) for Strengthening PPPs in the Philippines.
âThe success of PPPs will ease the burden of the government (in) providing infrastructure that will subsequently lower the costs of logistics, transportation, and doing business, in general,â Balisacan said.
Under the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 Midterm Update, the country is pursuing comprehensive and long-term strategies to bolster the countryâs investment climate and competitiveness which include increasing infrastructure spending targeted at 5 percent of the gross domestic product by 2016.
The CDTA is part of the current Joint Asian Development Bank-Australia-Canada Review Mission in the country.
The group discussed ways to strengthen PPPs in terms of capacity building, Project Development and Monitoring Facility, coordination with development partners, and support for PPP reforms of the government.
âThis review exercise and subsequent third-party evaluation of the CDTA is crucial in our attempt to deepen our understanding of the PPP Program,â Balisacan said.
âWe need to have a critical assessment of the Programâs implementation and outcomes just to be sure that we create accountabilities, meet expectations, and increase its impact,â he added.
The PPP Center earlier said that the Aquino administration was able to award seven PPP projects under the Build-Operate-Transfer Law since 2010, which is more than the combined number of PPP projects awarded by the three previous administrations.
This was based on the agencyâs assessment which focused on solicited projects of national implementing agencies, identified as priority projects and implemented using solely the BOT law.
âUnsolicited projects were excluded in the assessment as these were initiated by the private sector and are not part of the Aquino Administrationâs priority list,â the PPP Center said.
âBOT projects of local governments were likewise excluded as they were mostly pursued at the local level, in recognition of their local autonomy and independence under the Local Government Code,â it added.
Under the Aquino administration, the PPP Center said that the seven awarded PPP projects include the Daang-Hari SLEX Link and NAIA Expressway projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Transportation and Communicationsâ Automatic Fare Collection System and Mactan-Cebu International Airport projects.
Also included are the Department of Healthâs Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center project, and Department of Educationâs PPP for School Infrastructure Project Phases I and II.
The awarded projects, with estimated total cost of $1.39 billion, are part the pipeline of 54 projects identified by the various implementing agencies out of their priority projects.
Manila Standard Today, 27 May 2014
ByÂ Jennifer Ambanta
The National Economic and Development Authority said the public-private partnership program will play a crucial role in attaining the infrastructure spending target of the government.
âThe success of PPPs will ease the burden of the government providing infrastructure that will subsequently lower the costs of logistics, transportation, and doing business, in general,â Neda director-general Arsenio Balisacan said during the kick-off meeting on the capacity development technical assistance for âStrengthening Public-Private Partnerships in the Philippinesâ forum at the National Statistical Coordination Board in Makati City.
CDTA is a part of the current joint Asian Development Bank -Australia-Canada review mission in the country. The group discussed ways to strengthen PPPs in terms of capacity building, project development and monitoring facility, coordination with development partners and support for PPP reforms of the government.
âThis review exercise and subsequent third-party evaluation of the CDTA is crucial in our attempt to deepen our understanding of the PPP program. We need to have a critical assessment of the programâs implementation and outcomes just to be sure that we create accountabilities, meet expectations and increase its impact,â Balisacan said.
The Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 midterm update provides that the country will pursue comprehensive and long-term strategies to bolster the investment climate and competitiveness which include increasing infrastructure spending to 5 percent of GDP by 2016.
Business World, 26 May 2014
ByÂ Benise Chiara P. Balaoing
Speaking at the kick-off meeting of the Capacity Development Technical Assistance (CDTA) for strengthening PPPs in the Philippines last week, NEDA Director-General and Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balicasan said: âThe success of PPPs will ease the burden of the government providing infrastructure that will subsequently lower the costs of logistics, transportation, and doing business.â
âWe need to have a critical assessment of the Programâs implementation and outcomes just to be sure that we create accountabilities, meet expectations and increase its impact,â he added.
Contracts have been recently awarded for the Daang Hari — South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) Link Project, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway Project, and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Passenger Terminal Building.
The Daang Hari-SLEx Link Project is intended to decongest traffic in the Cavite, Las PiĂ±as, and Muntinlupa areas and provides a new access road to the National Bilibid Prison, which is intended to be redeveloped into a mixed commercial, residential, and institutional estate.
The NAIA Expressway Project, meanwhile, involves the construction of a four-lane elevated expressway leading to all three NAIA terminals and the PAGCOR Entertainment City which will be fully operational in 2016 or 2017. Road widening in Macapagal Boulevard is ongoing as the project is now in its second phase.
The Mactan-Cebu International Passenger Terminal Building, on the other hand, will be renovated in order to accommodate more passengers.
The CDTA is part of the current Joint Asian Development Bank (ADB)-Australia-Canada Review Mission, which reviews PPPs in the country in terms of capacity building, project development and monitoring facilities, coordination with development partners and support for PPP reforms of the government.
The country is increasing spending in infrastructure in order to beef up the investment climate and increase its global competitiveness. Under the Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016, the country hopes to spend 5.0% of the GDP on infrastructure in 2016.
Manila Bulletin, 26 May 2014
By Edu Lopez
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has stressed the crucial role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the success of the governmentâs infrastructure program. Speaking at the meeting on the Capacity Development Technical Assistance (CDTA), Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the CDTA is part of the current joint Asian Development Bank (ADB)-Australia-Canada review mission in the country. âThis review exercise and subsequent third-party evaluation of the CDTA is crucial in our attempt to deepen our understanding of the PPP Program. We need to have a critical assessment of the Programâs implementation and outcomes just to be sure that we create accountabilities, meet expectations and increase its impact,â Balisacan said. Under the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 Midterm Update, the country is pursuing comprehensive and long-term strategies to bolster the countryâs investment climate and competitiveness which include increasing infrastructure spending targeted at 5.0 percent of the GDP by 2016.
The Philippine Star, 24 May 2014
[PPP Center's Letter to the Editor]
This is in relation to Mr. Frederico Pascualâs article entitled âTime to update mutual defense treaty with US, which appeared in the Philippine STAR on May 6, 2014 under his column Postscript. Part of the column talked about the Philippine PPP Program and the PPP Center.
We wish to clarify two main points raised in Mr. Pascualâs column with the end view of providing your readers updated and official information about the Philippine PPP Program and the PPP Center.
First, the column stated that, â … But after his midterm passed and still no sails of his PPP flagship could be seen on the horizon, some mischievous businessmen started calling it his Power Point Presentation.â
We are happy to share with you that since its inception in 2010, the PPP Program has in fact already awarded seven PPP projects with total estimated cost of $1.39 billion. These are the Daang-Hari SLEX Link and NAIA Expressway projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Transportation and Communicationsâ Automatic Fare Collection System and Mactan Cebu International Airport projects, Department of Healthâs (DOH) Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center project, and Department of Educationâs (DepEd) PPP for School Infrastructure Project Phases I and II. All these projects were undertaken through the BOT law or RA 7718 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.
In fact, the PPP program maintains a robust pipeline of more than 50 PPP projects in various stages of procurement, structuring, review and development. We invite you and your readers to check our website for this pipeline as well as the recent comparative matrix on PPP projects pursued under the BOT Law during the Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo and Aquino administrations.
Further, Mr. Pascualâs column stated: âThere is actually a PPP Center complete with key officials. By virtue of Executive Order 8, series of 2010, the Center is mandated to facilitate PPP program and projects. It is obviously not functioning as envisioned. â
As the main coordination and monitoring agency of the countryâs PPP Program, the Center is heavily invested in the task of rolling out PPP projects by providing technical assistance to Implementing Agencies (lAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) technical assistance in all aspects of PPP project development, capacity building, policy and process improvements as well as monitoring and evaluation.
The Center also manages the Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) which provides lAs access to international firms and experts to provide, assist them in the preparation of feasibility studies, bidding documents and transaction advisory during the actual procurement processes.
We have mounted capacity building programs for these IAs/LGUs and PPP knowledge products (e.g. manuals, guidelines, templates, etc) have been developed for them and all other PPP stakeholders.
The Center has also spearheaded necessary policy and process improvements in the way these IAs/LGUs do PPPs. These include policy issuances on right-of-way acquisition for PPPs as well as dispute resolution among parties in PPP contracts. In collaboration with the concerned agencies, the Center initiated the proposed amendments to the BOT Law into the PPP Act, now undergoing committee deliberations at the lower house. The proposed PPP Act, supported by both public and private stakeholders, will institutionalize policy, process and institutional reforms and improvements in undertaking PPPs in the country.
This central role of the PPP Center has been recognized not just by lAs and LGUs who continually approach the Center for various forms of technical assistance. It has also been acknowledged by development partners (i.e. ADB, CIDA, AusAid, WB, etc) as the appropriate catalyst for a strong PPP Program. This is evidenced by their numerous technical assistance interventions for PPP project development and structuring, procurement, capacity building, policy and institutional reforms – all coursed through the PPP Center.
In the ASEAN Connectivity Program, the PPP Center has also been referred to as a resource institution regularly requested to provide inputs and share its experience and innovations with its ASEAN neighbors and their respective PPP programs and projects. The 2011 Infrascope Study commissioned by the ADB/ which named the Philippines most PPP-ready in the ASEAN, noted the significant presence of a central PPP coordination and monitoring agency â the PPP Center.
Finally, the 2014 Partnership Awards of the prestigious Partnerships Bulletin, a UK-based infernational PPP organization tracking PPP programs and projects worldwide, shortlisted the Philippine PPP Center to the âBest Central/Regional Government PPP Promoter.â The Philippines is the lone Asian in the said category alongside finalist PPP agencies from Maryland, Texas and California in the US, Croatia, Puerto Rico, Scotland and Brazil.
All the information about the PPP Program and the PPP Center can be accessed from our official website,www.ppp.gov.ph. We invite everyone to visit the site for official, updated and accurate information about both the Program and the Center.
â ELEAZAR E. RICOTE, Director IV, PPP Center