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Megawide's proposed East-West Railway to cost $1 billion

Sep 18, 2017 - 4:50 PM

The railway would be an elevated 9.4-kilometer train line from Diliman, Quezon City to Lerma, Manila

FIRST RAIL DEAL. Megawide will exercise its option to buy up to 60% of the equity of East-West Railway Project upon incorporation of special purpose vehicle. Photo courtesy of Megawide

PPP Center rebuilds pipeline with new focus: LGUs

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The Public Private Partnership PPP Center of the Philippines promises to add more local government unit LGU projects to the pipeline

NEW FOCUS. Amid the shift of focus to official development assistance and local financing, the PPP Center is rebuilding its pipeline with a new role: helping local government units. Rappler file photo

Megawide on track to hit income target despite slower revenues

Aug 11, 2017 - 4:31 PM

Megawide s net income for the 1st half of the year slowed down to P927 million from P985 36 million in the same period a year ago

Gelar Mukernas, PPP bahas calon presiden 2019

Jul 18, 2017 - 11:03 AM

“Konsolidasi pilkada sekaligus pemanasan mesin politik menyongsong pemilu 2019 ”

Bendera PPP. Foto oleh Mawaruddin/ANTARA

Serangan terhadap Kantor DPP PPP diduga karena konflik internal

Jul 17, 2017 - 7:03 PM

Kantor Dewan Pimpinan Pusat DPP Partai Persatuan Pembangunan PPP diserang sekelompok orang

Wakil Ketua DPP PPP Humphrey Djemat menunjukkan barang bukti batu dan kaca yang rusak akibat penyerangan oleh orang tak dikenal di Kantor DPP PPP kubu Djan Faridz, jalan Diponegoro, Jakarta, Minggu (16/7). FOTO oleh Galih Pradipta/ANTARA

Major railways, national transport policy get NEDA Board approval

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

For majority of the approved infrastructure projects the mode of financing is changed from public private partnership PPP to official development assistance ODA

11 DEALS. Some of the projects approved are major railways and an airport expansion deal. Photo by Malacanang

Megawide group proposes P208-billion Cebu airport expansion

Jun 12, 2017 - 12:45 AM

This would make the Cebu airport the only Philippine airport with two independent parallel runways seen to serve annual passenger capacities of up to 50 million

EXPANSION. The group also intends to rehabilitate the airport's existing runway and taxiways, build a 3rd terminal, add a full-length parallel taxiway, as well as construction of more rapid exit taxiways and runway holding positions. Image from GMR-Megawide official Facebook page

Bulk of Duterte's massive infra plan to be funded via local financing

May 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Only about P1 3 trillion or 18 will be accounted for through public private partnership projects

HYBRID. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a hybrid mode, where the government will build the infrastructure projects and later bid out the operation and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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5 regional airports removed from PPP pipeline

May 23, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED It is back to zero for the development of 5 small airports in Bacolod Davao Iloilo Laguindingan and Bohol A prospective bidder feels embarrassed and dismayed over what has happened

TERMINATED. The development, operations, and maintenance of New Bacolod-Silay Airport was supposed to be auctioned off via the public-private partnership scheme. Image from www.wikipedia.org

Looking ahead: Gender equality, universal healthcare in ADB's priority list

May 07, 2017 - 11:48 AM

Here are 5 issues the Asian Development Bank is prioritizing as it crafts its long term strategy for 2030

ADB CHIEF. Asian Development Bank (ADB) chief Takehiko Nakao on November 24, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP/File

ADB, region push for more PPPs as Duterte gov't mulls less

May 06, 2017 - 8:56 PM

The Asian Development Bank also launches Public Private Partnership initiatives in an effort to strengthen its bankability and implementation and approves 2 5B in financing support to private sector operations

CRUCIAL PPP'S. Private Sector Operations Director General Michael Barrow expressed hope the Duterte administration would continue with PPP projects. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

DOTr keen on removing Davao airport rehab from PPP pipeline

May 04, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the government is considering funding the rehabilitation of the airport in President Rodrigo Duterte s hometown

AMONG THE BEST. Davao International Airport is among the best 30 airports in Asia, says a survey conducted by a travel website. Photo by Jim de Francia/Google Maps

IN NUMBERS: Three-year Rolling Infrastructure Plan (TRIP)

May 03, 2017 - 6:00 PM

TRIP outlines over 4 000 infrastructure projects worth P3 6 trillion to be completed by 2020

MEDIUM TERM. TRIP aims to complete over 4,000 infrastructure projects worth P3.6 trillion by 2020.

Alliance Global to build transport hub near NAIA

May 01, 2017 - 8:10 PM

This will connect the country s main international gateway to Newport City potentially increasing foot traffic to tycoon Andrew Tan s development

FOOT TRAFFIC. Alliance Global's Kevin Tan (L) says the transport hub wil be located below the newly-constructed 220-meter air-conditioned elevated bridge called Runway Manila. Photo from Megaworld website

Addressing myths of PPPs

Apr 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM

PPPs offer alternative financing solutions to the country’s massive infrastructure needs But despite the success of PPPs in the Philippines certain misconceptions continue to undermine the PPP program’s accomplishments

How much does a Big Mac cost in ASEAN countries?

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:14 PM

Aside from being a global favorite the staple fast food item is a tool used to measure the purchasing power of a country’s currency

TASTY. The Economist's Big Mac Index uses the tasty McDonald's staple to measure the value of different currencies.

Big role for private firms in gov't infra push – Cabinet

Apr 26, 2017 - 12:14 AM

The promised funds from China and Japan have led the Philippine government to call off some big PPP bids but the private sector still has a big role to play in infrastructure projects

Crazy rich ASEANs: Billionaires from the Southeast Asian region

Apr 25, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Meet the dollar billionaires of ASEAN

Crazy rich ASEANs: Billionaires from the Southeast Asian region

Ayala Corp in the time of Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 5:21 PM

The conglomerate is positioning itself to take advantage of the administration s infrastructure push

Metro Pacific pouring P153B into public infrastructure 'til 2018

Apr 04, 2017 - 9:33 AM

The infrastructure conglomerate is set to start construction of the Cavite Laguna Expressway and Cebu Cordova Link Expressway among others in 2017

PRIVATE HANDS. One of Metro Pacific's projects is NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10, which will be an elevated roadway connecting Segment 9 at MacArthur Highway in Valenzuela City to C-3 Road (5th Avenue) in Caloocan City. Photo from MPIC website

5 regional airport PPP deals attract more honchos

Mar 13, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Companies led by Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala Lucio Tan Manuel V Pangilinan Erramon Aboitiz Ramon Ang Andrew Gotianun and Manuel Louie Ferrer are interested

1ST PPP CALL. These 5 airport PPP deals –€“ cumulatively worth some P108.9 billion – were previously rolled out under the administration of former president Benigno Aquino III. Rappler file photo

Metro Pacific's French partner backs out from regional airports PPP

Mar 01, 2017 - 6:05 PM

With Aeroports de Paris backing out Metro Pacific says it will first look for a new foreign partner then evaluate its participation in the regional airport deals

BACKS OUT. Rather than take the risk, Metro Pacific says Aeroports de Paris decides to withdraw from the consortium. Rappler file photo

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ARRC to gov't: Bid out operations, maintenance of Clark airport, not NAIA

Feb 16, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The consortium says privatizing the operations maintenance and upgrade of NAIA would discourage the construction of a new airport

PRIVATE HANDS. The consortium of Solar group's Wilson Tieng and Sy-led Belle Corporation wants the upgrade works of the airport to be handled by private sector. Image from Clark International Airport website

Senators convinced 'best' location achieved for MRT-LRT common station

Feb 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM

But the Senate committee wants someone to be held liable for the P200 million naming rights contract of SM Prime which caused the almost 8 year delay of the project

PROBE INTO COMMON STATION. Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Committee on Public Services on Monday, February 13, 2017, leads probe into the MRT-LRT Common Station deal. Senators JV Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian also attended the hearing. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo.

Top property, gaming firms interested in New Nayong Pilipino PPP

Feb 09, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Among them are AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation DM Consunji Incorporated DM Wenceslao and Associates Incorporated Filinvest Development Corporation and JG Summit Holdings Incorporated

NEW STRUCTURE. Dubbed as the New Nayong Pilipino, this will be the 2nd public-private partnership (PPP) project to be rolled out under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte

PH's PPP program could see declining investor interest – BMI Research

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The research unit of Fitch Ratings flags the country s struggle with implementing projects on time and generating enough interest in proposed undertakings

LOOKING FOR FASTER ROUTE. The Duterte administration has 'expressed frustration on the prolonged implementation of PPP projects and cast doubt on the appropriateness of PPPs for certain infrastructure projects.' Rappler file photo

Alvarez slams bidding process of 5 PPP regional airport deals

Jan 27, 2017 - 7:26 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the operations and maintenance scheme to be implemented for the 5 airports may unnecessarily tie the government s hands

QUESTIONING THE DOTR. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez continues criticizing the moves of the Department of Transportation.

1st PPP rolled out under Duterte: 5 regional airports

Jan 24, 2017 - 2:49 PM

Even if these regional airport PPP deals were unbundled they continue to lure big investors

1ST PPP CALL. These 5 airport PPP deals – cumulatively worth some P108.9 billion – were previously rolled out under the administration of former president Benigno Aquino III. Rappler file photo

Commercial operations for MRT-LRT Common Station eyed in April 2019

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Rarely seen together the country s top businessmen come to agree on the final location of the Metro Rail Transit MRT Light Rail Transit LRT Common Station project

ENDING DEADLOCK. The country's top honchos, Manuel V. Pangilinan, Ramon S. Ang, Hans Sy, and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, come together to sign a Memorandum of Agreement ending the squabble on the MRT-LRT Common Station deal, Wednesday, January 18, at the Dusit Hotel in Makati City. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Mindanao Railway project approaches rollout

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Another project that could be given the green light to start procurement is the Panay Guimaras Negros bridge that is estimated to cost P21 67 billion

SPUR DEVELOPMENT. A railway in Mindanao and an inter-island bridge connecting Panay, Guimaras, and Negros will be up for NEDA Board approval. Rappler file photo

MRT-LRT common station to be done in 2.5 years – DOTr

Dec 22, 2016 - 9:40 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the signing of the compromise agreement on the common station is expected before 2016 ends

HAMPERING MASS TRANSIT. The stay order on the transfer of the site of the common station is barring the construction of the MRT7 and design work for the common station project that has been bundled with the LRT1 Cavite Extension project. SM North City EDSA and TriNoma photos from Ramon F. Velasquez

Ayala, 3 foreign airline operators team up for NAIA PPP

Dec 18, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The people who are joining us are coming from a particular core competency and expertise that can add to the project says the president and CEO of AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation

HEAD TO HEAD. The country's top businessmen will battle once again for the over $1-billion contract to rehabilitate NAIA. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Ayala eyes infra proposals to help ease Metro traffic

Dec 14, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Our mandate is look for an area where we can do something to alleviate the difficulties the pain points and the congestion says Rene Almendras chief of AC Infrastructure Holdings

PAIN POINTS. With the country facing a significant infrastructure gap, the company committed to invest $1 billion of equity over 5 years. Rappler file photo

Philippines shopping for 'nice' China-funded infra deals

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:25 PM

The country s first subway a massive Northern Mindanao railway and a Tutuban Sorsogon train system are just some of the infrastructure projects the Philippine government plans to fund via official development assistance ODA from China

INFRA SHOPPING. 'We think there is an excess capacity in China because there is not much infrastructure projects there. We are really shopping for nice projects,' Budget chief Benjamin Diokno says. File photo by Rappler

Duterte gov't calls off auction for South Line of North-South Railway

Nov 17, 2016 - 12:30 PM

UPDATED Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the Tutuban Sorsogon railway will now be financed through official development assistance ODA from China or Japan

BIGGEST RAILWAY. Phase 2 of the North-South Commuter Railway will connect Tutuban in Manila to the southern peripheries of Metro Manila and a long-haul network to the Bicol region. Photo from pnr.gov.ph

Auction for Nueva Ecija prison postponed for 4th time

Nov 15, 2016 - 9:15 PM

This PPP project is part of government efforts to fix the Philippines prison system which the International Centre for Prison Studies ranks as the 4th most overcrowded in the world

OVERCROWDED. The maximum security compound of the NBP is overcrowded, housing over 16,000 inmates when it can accommodate only 6,000. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

SEC approves PPP listing rules

Nov 10, 2016 - 7:45 PM

This comes after over a year of consultations among the PSE SEC PPP Center and the Asian Development Bank which started in August 2015

ANOTHER SOURCE OF FUNDING. SEC says this is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's openness to continue former President Benigno Aquino III's infrastructure thrust. Left photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Ramai-ramai mengkritik PPP soal usulan presiden harus orang Indonesia asli

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:42 AM

Usulan presiden harus orang Indonesia asli berlatarbelakang sejarah kemerdekaan 1945 yang tidak ingin negara dipimpin orang asing saat itu

Ketua Umum PPP Romahurmuziy menyampaikan pidato politik pada Penutupan Mukernas I PPP di Jakarta, 5 Oktober 2016. Foto oleh Widodo S. Jusuf/Antara

Asia's Emerging Dragon to bid for NAIA PPP

Oct 03, 2016 - 9:05 PM

The corporation formed back in 1993 by several taipans again expresses interest in redeveloping the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

A passenger arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on October 18, 2013.The Philippines' main Manila airport terminal has been named the world's worst for the second year in a row in a survey by an online travel website. AFP PHOTO/ NOEL CELIS / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

Unisys signs P1.59-B civil registry upgrade project

Sep 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The PPP project will take 2 years to develop involving the construction of a new building and the development of a completely new IT system

MODERNIZATION. This will computerize the Philippine Statistics Authority’s civil registry operations and make such services available nationwide. Image from Shutterstock

Deal reached: LRT-MRT common station between SM North, TriNoma

Sep 27, 2016 - 3:55 PM

A memorandum of understanding is set to be signed on Wednesday September 28

HAMPERING MASS TRANSIT. The stay order on the transfer of the site of the common station is barring the construction of MRT7 and design work for the common station project that has been bundled with LRT1 Cavite Extension project. SM North City EDSA and TriNoma Mall photos from Ramon F. Velasquez

Calon "fresh" dari koalisi Cikeas

Sep 22, 2016 - 1:03 PM

Benarkah koalisi Cikeas akan mengusung Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono?

Ketua Umum PPP Romahurmuzy. Foto oleh: PPP.

First NEDA board under Duterte okays 9 infra projects

Sep 16, 2016 - 9:51 AM

The total cost of the projects is estimated at P171 14 billion NEDA also introduces some policy changes to speed up the approval process

Renovation, upgrade of DOH hospitals won’t go through PPP – Ubial

Sep 06, 2016 - 2:15 PM

This includes the new facility for the Fabella Hospital which is expected to be finished by May 2017

DOH-FUNDED. The renovation and construction of all government hospitals, including the Fabella Hospital (photo), will be funded by the 2017 budget, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial tells congressmen on September 6, 2016. File photo from Help Fabella Facebook page

South, southwest bus terminals to be opened in 2018

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:05 PM

These terminals will be the end point for about 1 642 provincial buses currently entering Metro Manila daily effectively decongesting main thoroughfares

EDSA RELIEF. These terminals will be the end-point for about 1,642 provincial buses currently entering Metro Manila daily. Rappler file photo

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Aug 19, 2016 - 1:15 PM

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China, Japan, Korea keen on funding Mindanao railway project

Aug 18, 2016 - 8:55 PM

The proposed 2 000 kilometer Mindanao wide railway is currently undergoing a feasibility study

Duterte admin revives plan to build Metro Manila subway

Aug 18, 2016 - 2:20 PM

This would have been the most expensive public private partnership PPP deal implemented under former president Benigno Aquino III s administration

1ST SUBWAY. The current administration says the subway PPP deal is being revisited because 'there is demand for the service.' Graphics by Nina Martinez/Rappler