Manila Standard Today, 20 December 2013

By Jennifer Ambanta


The government plans to roll out 50 public-private sector partnership projects by 2016, the PPP Center said Thursday.

PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said the government designed a mechanism for the faster implementation of the projects.

She said the target of the government was attainable, considering the capacity building the PPP Center has undertaken over the years.

“In 2011, we did a lot of foundation building, policies, all the non-sexy stuff and at least two projects was rolled out to test the whole process,” she said.

The center said of the 50 projects identified by the implementing agencies, 15 projects were expected to be signed, seven completed and 10 turned over to the private sector by 2016.

Canilao said aside from the identified 50 projects, the implementing agencies were also developing other projects.

“Despite the current pipeline, there are still a lot of projects which the implementing agencies are developing,” she said.

Canilao said various projects were being uploaded and taken down from the pipeline. “That is just the nature of the pipeline,” she said.

She said one recent development was the signing of the contract of the Ayala Group, the management of the South Luzon Expressway and the Public Works Department.

The contract stated the expansion plans that the expressway needed in the future which includes the widening of a four-lane highway to a six-lane road.

Canilao said premiums from the bidding in 2013 hit P72.39 billion.

The agency said of the total, P11 billion was from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway, P900 million from the Daang Hari project, P1.88 billion from automated collection fare system and P14.4 billion for the Mactan-Cebu international airport project.