Posts Tagged ‘public-private partnership’

DPWH to meet with CaLax bidders

Business World, 18 May 2014

By Chrisee Jalyssa V. Dela Paz

 

THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) meets with the four pre-qualified bidders of the P35.42-billion Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CaLax) project today and says it is their last chance to clarify any concerns they have on the project.

These four pre-qualified bidders are the Ayala-led Team “Orion” consortium of AC Infrastructure Holdings Corp., Aboitiz Land, Inc., and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Ltd.; MPCALA Holdings, Inc. of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC); Malaysian firm AlloyMTD Philippines, Inc.; and Optimal Infrastructure Development, Inc. of San Miguel Corp.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson toldBusinessWorld in a phone interview yesterday that “it (today’s meeting) is the last opportunity for pre-qualified bidders to clarify any concerns they have, as they have been asking for extension of bid submission.”

Asked if his own firm has any such concerns, AlloyMTD Philippines President Isaac S. David said in a text message yesterday: “We feel that it should be the motorists who should benefit from a lower toll rate, and not the government to benefit from advance payment.”

“In the first place, it’s the responsibility of the government to put the infrastructure and spend for it, not earn from the investor who will spend for the project,” Mr. David added.

On May 7, the DPWH issued Supplemental Bid Bulletin No. 32, informing pre-qualified bidders about the amendments to the original bid parameters.

The revision requires bidders to submit a bid considering either viability gap funding — a subsidy not to exceed P5 billion — or a concession payment to the government.

This was in contrast to the original guidelines where the basis of the bid was the toll fee per kilometer for Class 1 vehicles in 2018.

Under the revised guidelines of the DPWH, bidders who would offer a premium instead of asking for a subsidy would likely win the public-private partnership (PPP) project.

“The original provision indicated that whoever can offer the lowest toll rate per kilometer will win the bidding. It was then revised to whoever will give the highest advance payment in form of concession fees,” Mr. David said in a text message yesterday.

Mr. Singson also confirmed yesterday that the bid submission on June 2 will push through.

Asked if AlloyMTD Philippines plans to bid, Mr. David replied: “We have not yet decided if we will submit a bid.”

Officials of the other three pre-qualified bidders were not immediately available for comment.

CaLax will link the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) and the Manila Cavite Toll Road Expressway.

The project will have interchanges in nine locations: Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Boulevard, Technopark, and a toll barrier before SLEx.

CaLax — the DPWH’s third and biggest infrastructure project under the government’s PPP program — is intended to decongest traffic along the Cavite-Laguna road network, reducing the travel time from Metro Manila to the area and back.

 

ADB, Japan provide $2M grant to improve NEDA, DOF capacity to handle PPP program

InterAksyon, 17 May 2014

By Rain Castro

 

MANILA – The Aquino administration’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program has received a $2-million boost from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan.

The grant, drawn from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, is meant to improve the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) capacity to appraise PPP projects. The technical assistance will also benefit the Department of Finance (DOF) by helping the agency manage fiscal costs, including contingent liabilities arising from an increasing number of PPP projects.

PPP projects in the pipeline have increased from 11 when President Benigno Aquino III launched the program in November 2011 to 51 as of January this year.

Six projects worth a combined $3.4 billion are on the bidding stage, while another four worth $1.4 billion are awaiting government approval. Another 20 projects are under preparation and 13 under conceptualization.

So far, the government has awarded four projects on expressways, two on classroom construction and maintenance, one on light rail improvement, and one on hospital upgrades. These projects have a combined value of $3.4 billion.

“Public-private partnerships are increasingly helping the Government of the Philippines meet its goals for reducing the country’s infrastructure gap and boosting facilities for the provision of social services such as education and healthcare,” Aziz Haydarov, Public-Private Partnership Specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, said.

The Philippine government aims to increase public infrastructure investments to five percent of gross domestic product by 2016, to bring the Philippines on par with the regional average.

 

ADB, Japan extend $2-million technical assistance to Philippines

Business World, 16 May 2014

By A.M. Monzon

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japanese government will extend $2 million in technical assistance to the Philippines to develop the country’s appraisal of public-private partnership (PPP) projects.

The Philippine government asked for the technical assistance to strengthen the appraisal capacity of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the ADB said in a statement on Friday.

The technical assistance will be funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and administered by the ADB.

“Public-private partnerships are increasingly helping the Government of the Philippines meet its goals for reducing the country’s infrastructure gap and boosting facilities for the provision of social services such as education and healthcare,” Aziz Haydarov, PPP specialist in the ADB’s Southeast Asia department, was quoted saying in the statement.

The NEDA board, which appraises and reviews the proposed PPP projects is headed by the President with the NEDA chief as vice-chairman.

The members include the secretaries of Budget and Management, Finance , Interior and Local Government, Public Works and Highways, Transportation and Communications, Energy, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry, Agriculture, and Environment and Natural Resources.

The number of PPP projects in the government’s pipeline has grown from 11 projects in 2011 to 54 as of May 2014. Seven have already been awarded to different firms.

 

ADB, Japan extend $2-B aid to boost PPPs

The Manila Times, 16 May 2014

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan will offer a technical assistance (TA) of $2 million to help the Philippine government strengthen its appraisal process for public-private partnerships (PPPs) as the country’s pipeline of projects grows.

“Public-private partnerships are increasingly helping the Government of the Philippines meet its goals for reducing the country’s infrastructure gap and boosting facilities for the provision of social services such as education and healthcare,” said Aziz Haydarov, Public-Private Partnership Specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department.

The pipeline of PPP projects in the Philippines grew from 11 projects in November 2011 to 51 in January 2014. Projects including four expressways, two classrooms, one light rail, and one hospital have been awarded, with an estimated investment value of $3.4 billion.

In 2013, the government announced its intention to increase public infrastructure investments to five percent of the gross domestic product in 2016, to bring the Philippines on par with the regional average. Six PPP projects, also worth $3.4 billion, are currently at the bidding stage, with another four projects worth $1.4 billion undergoing government approval. Another 20 projects are under preparation and 13 under conceptualization.

To continue building a robust pipeline, the Philippine government has asked for the $2 million technical assistance, funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and administered by ADB, to strengthen the capacity and systems of the National Economic and Development Authority in appraising PPP projects prior to government approval and of the Department of Finance in sustainable management of fiscal cost, including contingent liabilities, arising from a growing PPP project portfolio.

 

PPP program gets $2M in technical assistance from ADB, Japan

GMA News, 16 May 2014

By Danessa O. Rivera

 

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japanese government will provide the Philippines $2 million in technical assistance to strengthen the country’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.

The Philippine government has asked for the monetary technical assistance from the ADB-administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction to strengthen the capacity and systems of the National Economic and Development Authority in appraising PPP projects, the Manila-based lender said in a statement posted on its website Friday.

This will allow sustainable management of fiscal cost, including contingent liabilities, arising from a growing PPP project portfolio.

“Public-private partnerships are increasingly helping the Government of the Philippines meet its goals for reducing the country’s infrastructure gap and boosting facilities for the provision of social services such as education and healthcare,” Aziz Haydarov, Public-Private Partnership specialist at ADB’s Southeast Asia Department, was quoted as saying.

The pipeline of PPP projects in the Philippines grew from 11 projects in November 2011 to 51 in January 2014. Those already awarded – which include four expressways, two classrooms, one light rail, and one hospital – are valued at $3.4 billion.

Last year, the Philippine government announced it will increase public infrastructure investments to 5 percent of GDP in 2016 to bring the Philippines up to par with the regional average.

Currently at the bidding stage are 6 PPP projects worth $3.4 billion. Four more projects worth $1.4 billion are undergoing government approval, 20 projects are under preparation and 13 are under conceptualization.

 

ADB, Japan extend PPP assistance

Manila Bulletin, 16 May 2014 / Yahoo!, 17 May 2014

 

Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan will offer a technical assistance to help the government strengthen its appraisal process for public-private partnerships (PPPs). In a statement, the Asian multilateral institution said the new technical assistance for the Philippines would cost $2 million, which will support the Aquino administration’s growing number of projects under its PPP initiative. “Public-private partnerships are increasingly helping the government of the Philippines meet its goals for reducing the country’s infrastructure gap and boosting facilities for the provision of social services such as education and healthcare,” Aziz Haydarov, PPP Specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department said. The pipeline of PPP projects in the Philippines grew from 11 projects in November 2011 to 51 in January this year. Projects including four expressways, two classrooms, one light rail, and one hospital have been awarded, with an estimated investment value of $3.4 billion.Last year, the government announced its intention to increase public infrastructure investments to 5 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, to bring the Philippines on par with the regional average. (CSL)

 

ADB, Japan Boost Public-Private Partnerships in Philippines

Asian Development Bank, 15 May 2014

 

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan will offer a technical assistance (TA) of $2 million to help the Government of the Philippines strengthen its appraisal process for public-private partnerships (PPPs) as the country’s pipeline of projects grows.

“Public-private partnerships are increasingly helping the Government of the Philippines meet its goals for reducing the country’s infrastructure gap and boosting facilities for the provision of social services such as education and healthcare,” said Aziz Haydarov, Public-Private Partnership Specialist in ADB’s Southeast Asia Department.

The pipeline of PPP projects in the Philippines grew from 11 projects in November 2011 to 51 in January 2014. Projects including four expressways, two classrooms, one light rail, and one hospital have been awarded, with an estimated investment value of $3.4 billion.

In 2013, the government announced its intention to increase public infrastructure investments to 5% of GDP in 2016, to bring the Philippines on par with the regional average. Six PPP projects, also worth $3.4 billion, are currently at the bidding stage, with another four projects worth $1.4 billion undergoing government approval. Another 20 projects are under preparation and 13 under conceptualization.

To continue building a robust pipeline, the Philippine government has asked for the $2 million technical assistant, funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction and administered by ADB, to strengthen the capacity and systems of the National Economic and Development Authority in appraisal of PPP projects prior to Government approval and of the Department of Finance in sustainable management of fiscal cost, including contingent liabilities, arising from a growing PPP project portfolio.

 

National and Local Agencies Call for More Capacity Building on PPP

PRESS RELEASE

16 May 2014

 

As public-private-partnership (PPP) increasingly becomes the preferred option for infrastructure and development projects, more capacity building support is sought both by national implementing agencies (IAs) and local government units (IAs).   Principally provided by the PPP Center, these capacity building support include lectures and briefings, training workshops and other knowledge sharing or skills-building interventions in all aspects of PPP project identification, preparation, assessment and review, procurement and implementation. Most LGUs also request for guidance on the needed policy and institutional actions or decisions through local resolutions and ordinances.

Since its inception in 2010, PPP capacity building has been a major task of the Center.  In 2011 and 2012, it mounted a training campaign for LGUs which involved a series of PPP lectures and briefings for practically all regions throughout the country, in collaboration with the regional offices of National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). Former DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo  forged a partnership with the PPP Center and enjoined all LGUs through a Memorandum Circular, to avail of said training support and to formalize the creation of local PPP Sub-Committees.  To date, around 2,000 participants from LGUs all over the country have attended these capacity building activities.

The PPP Center likewise developed and launched in 2012, a comprehensive PPP-LGU Manual that included an instructive step-by-step guide as well as templates for typical LGU projects – water supply system, administrative center and public market/commercial center.  Said manual is now the most accessed and downloaded resource from the PPP Center website.

For national agencies, PPP Center developed and conducted numerous training workshops and learning sessions on specific areas such as PPP project financial modelling, contract drafting, procurement, etc.  These are both provided by PPP Center’s internal and external consultants/experts from development agencies and other partner institutions.  A PPP Manual for national implementing agencies is also currently being finalized for publication by the end of the year.  Similarly, around 2,000 technical officers and staff from IAs from all regions have attended these training workshops or learning activities.

In 2013, the PPP Governing Board directed the Center to mount an LGU capacity building strategy that involved an LGU staff internship program at the Center and partnership with local state universities and colleges (SCUs) in the provision of PPP training. Over the long term, an LGU facility similar to the PDMF will be established to provide LGUs external project preparation and transaction advisory assistance.

“The PPP Center’s capacity building interventions will continue to be a major service that it will provide to national and local governments. We remain committed to develop and make available new approaches and methodologies to impart PPP competencies among government personnel”, the PPP Center Executive Director, Cosette Canilao, said in a statement.

 

5 More PPP Projects Granted PDMF Funding Support

PRESS RELEASE

14 May 2014

 

The Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) Committee has granted funding support to five more PPP projects. These include the bus rapid transit (BRT) linking R1 and R10, development of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) computerization project, food processing terminal in Clark, and the preservation and restoration of heritage sites in the City of Manila.

The various implementing agencies granted PDMF support will be given funding to procure consultants from the PDMF’s panel of internationally recognized firms that would prepare the feasibility studies and provide them transaction support services during the PPP project approval and bidding stages.

Three of the five approved for PDMF funding support are projects of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). First is the R1-R10 Mass Transport System Project that will provide a public transportation system, through a BRT system, linking the cities of Navotas and South Caloocan via Roxas Boulevard (R-1) and Bonifacio Drive and Pres. F. Marcos Highway (R-10) to the cities of Manila, Pasay and Parañaque.  This proposed BRT system is expected address the growing demand for public transportation in the area.

The second project of DOTC is the Road Transport IT Infrastructure Project Phase II. The project aims to make LTFRB’s client services more transparent and accessible to the public by modernizing the agency’s information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure. It will ensure that LTFRB’s database is accurate and consistent with related information found in other agencies. At the same time this project will streamline their current business processes.

Third on DOTC’s list is the private sector participation in the development and operations and maintenance of the country’s main airport gateway, the NAIA. This project aims to enhance the operational efficiency and increase air traffic movements for  NAIA Terminals 1,2,3 and 4, including the proposed terminal 5. The project involves airport improvements to meet international standards and possible expansion of facilities during the concession period.

Also approved during the PDMF Committee meeting is the Clark Green City (CGC) Food Processing Terminal Project of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). Similar to the Food Terminal Inc. (FTI) in Bicutan, the project is envisioned to be a “stock exchange” of fresh agricultural produce and processed products within CGC. It entails the establishment and operations of required infrastructures and facilities by the private sector for processing, handling, storage, and distribution of agri-fishery products utilizing integrated research and development technology.

Lastly, the PDMF Committee approved the Manila Heritage and Urban Renewal Project (MHURP) of the Privatization and Management Office of the Department of Finance.  The MHURP aims to preserve heritage buildings and landmarks through adaptive reuse. It will also revitalize important historical districts in the City of Manila making them as vibrant tourist zones.  The project involves the preservation of the Manila Central Post Office, Liwasang Bonifacio, Manila Metropolitan Theater, Bureau of Customs Building, and the redevelopment of the South Harbor Expanded Port Zone (SHEPZ).

The PDMF Committee made up of representatives from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Budget Management (DBM) and the PPP Center approves all PDMF applications.

To date, the PDMF has provided funding support to thirty-nine (39) out of the fifty-seven (57) projects under the PPP pipeline. Five (5) out of seven (7) successfully tendered PPP projects have been supported by PDMF. As a revolving fund, PDMF reimbursements or reflows amounting to US$ 6.2Million, have already been received from the successfully tendered projects – Department of Education’s (DepEd) School Infrastructure Program I and II, Department of Health’s (DOH) Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, and the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) Automatic Fare Collection System and Mactan Cebu International Airport New Passenger Terminal Projects.

Established in 2010, the PDMF had initial funding of USD7 Million put in by the government.   Through an Asian Development Bank (ADB) administered Technical Assistance to the Philippine PPP Program, contributions (USD 6 Million and USD 12 Million) from the Australian Government were later added. The Philippine government also put in an additional counterpart contribution of USD 37.5 Million. The total available fund of the PDMF is now at USD 62.5 Million and is currently being tapped to support projects in the PPP pipeline.

 

Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance Visits PPP Center

PHOTO RELEASE

14 May 2014

 

On May 13, 2014, a delegation from the Europe-ASEAN Business Alliance (EABA) visited the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines to explore investment opportunities in the country’s PPP Program and better understand its legal and regulatory framework. EABA’s visit was part of its on-going communication with various ASEAN governments and stakeholders.

PPP Center Directors Feroisa Concordia, Juan Alberto Mercado, and Atty. Romell Antonio Cuenca presented updates on the Philippine PPP Program to representatives of European companies that included the Royal Dutch Shell, Sanofi-Aventis Singapore Pte. Ltd., Rabobank International, and NXP Semiconductors. The business delegation was headed by Mr. Sahala Sianipar, Regional Adviser of Royal Dutch Shell to the ASEAN, and Mr. Marcin Czaplicki, EABA Executive Director.

EABA is an association of leading European companies with significant presence in the ASEAN region. It is an independent, non-profit organization based in Singapore, with members coming from a wide range of sectors. It aims to serve as a platform for dialogue for European businesses to have better understanding of ASEAN member state’s government policies.