Press Release
10 July 2013

The country’s first PPP project being implemented by a Local Government is up for bid. The local government of Talisay City in Negros Occidental placed on the bidding block the Talisay City Plaza Complex Heritage Restoration and Development Project worth 198 Million pesos. The project is expected to provide additional jobs from a heighten tourism industry, spurring economic activities within the city while preserving its cultural heritage.

The project’s published Invitation to Pre-qualify and Bid invites prospective bidders to finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the old city hall and the new public market which is the centerpiece of its vision of a Village City. The project will involve the development of the central public market into a mixed-use facility and the restoration of the old city hall to its former state. The old world look will complement the existing Italianate with Neo-Romanesque architectural styles of the old Lizares Mansion, the St. Nicholas de Tolentino Parish Church, the rural bank, and the old city hall itself.

The winning private sector proponent will operate and maintain the said facilities for 20 years, that is inclusive of the construction period.

The project will be awarded through a competitive public bidding following a two-stage public bidding process and in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders, the Philippine Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law (Republic Act No. 6957, as amended by the Republic Act No.7718) (“BOT Law”), and its 2012 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (“Revised IRR”).

The Talisay City Plaza Complex Heritage Restoration and Redevelopment Project is in line with the City’s vision of a Village City: A Model for Balanced Development by 2040. The City of Talisay, Negros Occidental is one of the model LGUs that has successfully adopted the Performance Governance System (PGS) promoted by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA). It is considered the fastest growing City in the Province of Negros Occidental strategically located between Bacolod City, a highly urbanized City where the seaport is situated, and Silay City where the airport of international standard is located.