Government eyes PPP to implement 11 new projects

The national government is in the process of conceptualizing 11 projects to be implemented under the public- private partnership (PPP) scheme, according to a first quarter 2014 report recently released by the PPP Center.



The list includes three projects to be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and two projects to be implemented by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC).



Further, PPP Center documents showed that one project each will be implemented by the Philippine Statistics Authority-Santa Mesa (formerly the National Statistics Office), Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), Bases Conversion and Development Authority and National Irrigation Administration (NIA).



The document also showed that one project will be implemented jointly by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the Department of Health and another will be implemented by the DOTC and the Department of Finance.



The projects are Civil Registration System— Information Technology Project Phase II; Ferry Passenger Terminal Buidlings Development; C-6 Expressway (Southeast, East, and North Section); PhilHealth Information TBD PhilHealth/ Technology Project; Manila Heritage and Urban Renewal Project; and North Luzon Expressway (Nlex) East Expressway.



Other projects are the FAB Barging Facility/ Port Project; Busuanga Airport Development Project; Clark Green City Food Processing Terminal; NIA Irrigation Project; and the Camarines Sur Expressway Project.



Of the projects, only the Nlex East Expressway has a description. The DPWH project aims to form an important transport access in the eastern area of Region 3. This will further spur economic development in said areas.



Once completed, the Nlex East Expressway will provide travelers with an alternate route in going to and from Cabanatuan City which connects to major roads leading to Region 2 and Cordillera Administrative Region.



The Nlex East Expressway project is a four-lane, 6.8-kilometer road that will run parallel to the Maharlika Highway (Pan Philippine Highway) starting off at La Mesa Parkway and/or junction of C-6 in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, passing through Norzagaray, Angat, San Ildefonso, San Miguel, Gapan, Santa Rosa, and ending at Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija.



The project will be implemented in two phases and bridges will also be constructed to cross the rivers of Angat, Panaranda and Pampanga.



It will serve the growing areas of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija provinces. The project starts at Don Mariano Marcos Avenue in Quezon City, traverses almost parallel to Daang Maharlika, serving the areas of San Miguel, Gapan and Cabanatuan City.



The PPP Center was created through Executive Order 8 Series of 2010 and mandated to facilitate the implementation of the country’s PPP program and projects.



It provides technical assistance to national government agencies, government-owned and -controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, and local government agencies, as well as to the private sector to help develop and implement critical infrastructure and other development projects.



The PPP program of the Aquino administration is a primary strategy for national development aimed at accelerating infrastructure and other development services, in order to sustain national economic growth.