Kick-off meeting for the of the Kennon Road Project

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) awarded the consultancy services under the Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) for the rehabilitation, reconstruction, improvement, operation and maintenance of the Kennon Road Project to RebelGroup International BV.

The PDMF contract, which was signed on January 27, 2021, covers the project preparation and transaction advisory services for the conduct of the feasibility study, project structuring, preparation of bid documents, management of the bid process, and assistance until financial close. The kick-off meeting for the engagement was conducted on February 2, 2021 and attended by representatives from the local governments of Baguio City, Municipality of Tuba, Province of Benguet, and the regional offices of the DPWH and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Project aims to prevent road slope disasters such as soil collapse, rock fall, road slip, land slide, and river erosion. It will also rehabilitate the existing bridges in deteriorating conditions to increase the road’s load limit and to ensure its structural integrity.

The Project is envisioned to reduce travel time and ensure the availability of a safe and reliable alternate route to Baguio City that could effectively resolve traffic congestion and insufficient road network system in the region. Ultimately, it is expected to contribute to the growth of the area’s tourism industry and related business activities, including their expansion to remote communities near the project area.