The Philippine public-private partnership (PPP) program remains bullish and supportive of the country’s Build Build Build Program, contributing new PPP projects and offering viable solutions to the recovery efforts of the nation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement, the PPP for 2020, posted encouraging progress, expanding its pipeline with 14 new PPP projects. The total number of PPP projects now boasts of 233 projects with 176 projects under implementation amounting to P1,289 billion and 57 projects in the pipeline amounting to P7,159 billion.
New to the PPP pipeline are solicited projects such as the Mariveles Mental Wellness Center, Philippine Travel Center Complex, Metro Cebu Expressway, Bicol Medical Center (BMC) Medical Arts Building and Upgrading of Health Services, and the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in Makati Property Redevelopment.
For unsolicited projects, newly added were the Operation & Maintenance of Francisco B. Reyes Airport and the New Busuanga Airport, New Metro Manila Food and Transport Hub, Tuguegarao City Septage Management, Iloilo Commercial Port Complex and Dumangas Port, and 2 unsolicited proposals under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law namely the Davao Sasa Port Modernization and the Development, Operations, and Maintenance of General Santos Port. These additional projects are currently in various stages of development, evaluation, and approval.
In November 2020, the water districts of San Pablo City, Laguna, and Dolores, Quezon jointly issued a Notice of Award (NOA) to its private partner to build the P103 million Lumbo Spring Bulk Water Supply Project with the technical assistance of the PPP Center.
The push for more PPPs echoes the recent policy directive of Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua urging the effective use of PPPs in spurring innovation in the delivery of public services to suit the demand of the new normal.