The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) is looking for a private sector partner for the Development and Management of the Balicasag Island Dive Resort Joint Venture (JV) Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project.
The Balicasag Island Dive Resort PPP Project will be undertaken in accordance with the TIEZA Joint Venture Guidelines which can be downloaded at www. tieza.gov.ph and www. ppp.gov.ph. The private partner will be selected through a competitive selection process based on the existing JV Guidelines.
The scope of this PPP Project includes the development and management of BIDR in order to upgrade the facilities of the asset, improve efficiency in operations, and create significant contribution to a thriving and sustainable tourism in the area. Specifically, the Project may include rehabilitation and expansion of the accommodation capacity of the Project Facilities; operation and maintenance of the project facilities; provision of additional water sports activities and/or island tours; and other resort infrastructures and management strategies. It has a concession period of 25 years. Through this PPP Project, TIEZA is promoting sustainable tourism in the Balicasag Island, a marine reserve and tourist zone.
The project will help improve one of the best dive sites in the country while protecting and preserving its environment and ecosystem and encouraging tourism development that will also benefit the communities in the area by generating jobs.
The Balicasag Island Dive Resort (BIDR) is a diving destination and accommodation facility operated by TIEZA since 1989. The Island is a mushroom-shaped coral island has five (5) diving sites to offer, namely, (1) Black Forest, (2) Cathedral or Royal Garden, (3) Divers Heaven, (4) Rico’s Wall, and (5) Rudy’s Rock. The depth of the diving sites ranges from 3 to 45 meters, which allows snorkeling to some of its areas. It caters to various types of corals, fishes, turtles, among other sea creatures.
Interested parties have until January 10, 2020, 12:00 noon to submit eligibility documents. They can also download the Project Information Memorandum at TIEZA and PPP Center websites and may contact the two (2) agencies for more information. END