The Committee on Public Works and Highways approved a measure seeking to strengthen public-private partnerships to help boost economic growth in the country.
Chaired by Rep. Eleandro Jesus Madrona (Lone District, Romblon) approved the committee report and the substitute bill to House Bills 77, 1244, 4873, 5452 and 6575 or the proposed “Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Rationalization Act.”
Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda assured that the technical working group on the measures considered proposals from all stakeholders, who manifested their recommendations.
“The overriding principle considered by the TWG is the public interest, and the provisions favorable to the private sector have been balanced with increased welfare or improved outcomes for the general public or the public sector,” Salceda said.
The substitute bill provides that implementing agencies would include development plans, strategies, and investment programs in the identified priority PPP projects. This ensures that PPPs are aligned with the national and local development objectives of the government. Salceda explained that a project would be considered as a priority based on the following principles: a) effectiveness in meeting government objectives, b) value for money, c) accountability and transparency, d) consumer rights, e) affordability, f) public access, as well as g) safety and security.
The panel likewise gave its nod to HB 8151, which seeks to adopt a 30-year National Infrastructure Program.
Rep. Romeo Momo Sr. (Party-list, CWS), author of HB 8151, noted that enacting the bill into law would help ensure continuity in the development and implementation of projects regardless of the changes in national leadership.
He underscored the urgency of providing more effective and lasting engineering measures, especially after the country was hit by devastating typhoons during the pandemic.
The bill would promote modern technology to achieve efficiency and transparency throughout the lifecycle of projects—from planning, design, procurement, construction, up to operation and maintenance.
Also approved were the committee reports and substitute bills on HBs 28, 4756 and 4872 or the proposed Land Transport Support Facilities for Hygiene and Convenience Act; HBs 175, 238, 825, 923, 4008, 5605, 364, 1650, 1891, 723, 6820 and 7334 as well as HRs 32 and 132 or the proposed Philippine Building Act; and HB 1344 or the proposed Barangay Road Development Program.