MANILA, Philippines – The Aquino government announced that the 8 big-ticket projects under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme slated for 2012 would all be rolled out before the end of the year.
On Friday, December 21, PPP Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao announced that the projects all reached one of the crucial stages needed toward completing the projects: the publication of the invitation to prequalify to bid (ITPB).
Canilao stressed that the last two of the 8 in the PPP list this 2012 have or will publish their ITPB, which includes what the project involves and the minimum bid price.
The two are the School Infrastructure Project Phase II and the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Passenger Terminal Building, respectively published on December 19 and 20, the PPP Center documents showed.
The 8 projects are:
- PPP for School Infrastructure Project Phase I
- NAIA Expressway Phase II
- LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension and O&M
- Modernization of Philippine Orthopedic Center
- Rehabilitation, O&M of Angat Hydro-Electric Powerplant Auxilliary Turbines 4 & 5
- Automatic Fare Collection System
- PPP for School Infrastructure Project Phase II
- Mactan Cebu International Airport Passenger Terminal Building
Canilao said the government has received expression of interests from both local and foreign companies to undertake the PPPs despite issues surrounding foreign ownership in the Philippines.
One of the ways these firms resort to in order to hurdle the issue is to form into a consortium to hurdle the foreign ownership limitations set by the 1987 Constitution. The resulting firm now leaves the ownership of the operation of the projects to the Filipino company.
She said some of the foreign firms who are interested are from India, France, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. However, majority of these firms are from Japan, Korea, and Spain.
“Ang restriction natin is on the operations. In operating a public facility, merong nationality restriction that [the company] should only be Filipino. So merong mga structures na papasok sila sa restrictions na yun,” Canilao said. [Our restriction is on the operations. In operating a public facility, there are nationality restructions that (the company) should only be Filipino]. “There’s a very good take up or huge interest in our PPP projects not only among the local players but most especially, the foreign players.”
The PPP Center is tasked to oversee the big-ticket infrastructure and social projects of the government.
In 2010, the Aquino government has touted the PPP projects identified as part of strategies for economic growth. So far, only two projects have been awarded: the Daang Hari-SLEx road link in December 2011 and the Phase I of the School Infrastructure Project.
Stringent project review has caused delays in the roll-out of PPP projects, according to the government. – Rappler.com