Business Mirror, 7 September 2013

THE Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center is eyeing to roll out around seven more PPP projects before the end of 2013.

Rolling out PPPs, according to the PPP Center, involves the publication of the Invitation to Prequalify to Bid. This means that the PPPs have already been designed and passed the evaluation process of concerned government agencies.

In a briefing on Friday, PPP Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao said these projects are either being evaluated by the National Economic and Development Authority through the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) or will be submitted to the ICC for evaluation.

Canilao said these projects include the Integrated Transport System (ITS) Project, Grains Central Project, the New Centennial Water Supply Source Project and Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project, which are currently undergoing evaluation.

She added the list includes the Enhanced Operation and Maintenance of the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport, Operation and Maintenance of the Laguindingan Airport and the regional prison facilities project of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

The P5.06-billion-worth ITS involves the establishment of three mass-transportation intermodal terminals at the outskirts of Metro Manila. Two terminals in the South of Metro Manila will serve passengers to and from Laguna/Batangas side and those to and from the Cavite side and another one will serve passengers north of the city.

The P285-million-worth Grains Central Project involves the rehabilitation, upgrading, expansion and operation and management of 11 existing Post-Harvest Processing and Trading Centers.

These are currently managed and operated by the National Agribusiness Corp.  located in different regions in Luzon and Mindanao.

The New Centennial Water Supply Source Project, whose cost has yet to be determined, involves the building of potential dams; head works and appurtenant facilities; conveyance structure from the diversion point to the water-treatment facility; water- treatment facility; and hydropower facility.

The Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project involves the construction of treated water transmission mains, including line appurtenances from water treatment plants (WTPs) to the agreed delivery/interconnection points of the municipalities.

It will also construct WTPs and ancillary facilities; treated water reservoirs; pumping stations; installation of flow metering devices after the WTPs, pumping stations, transmission branch points and at the agreed delivery/interconnection points; and installation of appropriate pressure monitoring stations.

The Panglao airport project involves the operation and maintenance of the greenfield airport facility in Bohol to replace the existing Tagbilaran Airport within a 230-hectare spread.

The planned facility to be constructed by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) is designed primarily to meet the initial requirements for domestic flight operations and possibly accommodate international flights during off-peak hours/nighttime.

The Laguindingan airport project involves only the operation and maintenance of the airport in Misamis Oriental. The DOTC is constructing the new airport in Misamis Oriental as well as airside civil works (runways, apron, taxiway, etc.) and air navigational facilities.

The DOTC is also undertaking landside building works and terminals (passenger and cargo terminals and other associated facilities) and all other facilities as per international Civil Action Organization standards.

The BuCor project aims to address the dire jail conditions faced by existing penal facilities such as the New Bilibid Prison and the Correctional Institution for Women.

The Department of Justice and BuCor envisions to create a “humane” prison condition that will provide adequate living spaces, facilities and basic needs aimed to curt the occurrence of crimes while in custody.