MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines’ public-private partnership (PPP) thrust edges forward with the approval of its information technology (IT) project by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board on Wednesday, July 15.
The NEDA Board, chaired by President Benigno Aquino III, approved the P1.16-billion ($25.62-million) Civil Registry System (CRS)-IT Project Phase II. This will computerize the Philippine Statistics Authority’s civil registry operations and make such services available nationwide, PPP Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao confirmed in a text message.
“No Department of Transportation and Communications projects were included in the agenda,” DOTC Spokesperson Michael Arthur Sagcal replied via text message.
The government on Wednesday also rolled out the bidding for the biggest PPP deal to date: the P170.7-billion ($3.77-billion) South Line of the North-South Railway Project (NSRP).
It also qualified San Miguel Holdings Corporation and Mega Structure Consortium to bid for the P50.18-billion first regional prison venture that will rise at the Philippine Army’s Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija.
The NEDA Board also approved changes in the terms of the P15.52-billion ($343.10 million) NAIA Expressway Phase 2 project and P2.01-billion ($44.41-million) Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Link Road Project.
The NEDA Board in a statement said that it has approved to change the alignment from Domestic Road to Electrical Road of the NAIAX project bagged by a unit of San Miguel Corporation.
The transfer of the project alignment from the Domestic Road to the Parañaque River/Electrical Road is in line with the Department of Public Works and Highways’ recommendation.
This change, according to the NEDA Board, will require an additional cost amounting to P2.07 billion ($45.75 million). The project was confirmed by the NEDA Board on May 30, 2012.
The NEDA Board has also approved the change in scope of the Daang-Hari SLEX Link Road awarded to a unit of Ayala Corporation.
Constructing additional civil works to improve overall access to and from both roads of the project was added to the project scope. This includes a provision for future expansion of the SLEX for a possible fifth lane for both directions. This provision will cost an additional P223.02 million ($4.93 million) to the total project cost.
Canilao told reporters in December last year that the government targets to roll out at least 9 PPP projects within the year.
Her list includes:
- P374.5-billion ($8.27-billion) Makati-Pasay-Taguig Mass Transit System Loop
- NSRP South Line
- Regional Prison Facilities through PPP
- P35.4-billion ($781.92-million) Cavite-Laguna Expressway
- P25.6-billion ($565.49-million) North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) – South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Connector Road;
- P19.33-billion ($426.99-million) Motor Vehicle Inspection System Project (MVIS)
- P18.99-billion ($419.48-million) Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project
- Civil Registry System-IT Project Phase II
- P400-million ($8.83-million) Tanauan City Public Market Redevelopment
The government has 5 more months to roll out the 5 remaining PPP deals that have yet to be bid out.
These concessions are the Mass Transit System Loop, NLEX-SLEX Connector Road, MVIS, Civil Registry System-IT, and the Tanauan City Public Market Redevelopment. – Rappler.com
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