5 PPPs up for Neda Board, ICC review

By Cai U. Ordinario, BusinessMirror

Posted at Jun 17 2014 07:32 AM | Updated as of Jun 17 2014 03:32 PM

MANILA - Five public-private partnership (PPP) projects, with a combined cost of P162.4 billion, are set to be submitted to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Board and Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) Cabinet Committee (Cabcom) this week for review.

PPP Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao said three of these PPPs, worth P141.06 billion, will be discussed at the Neda Board meeting on Thursday, while the other two, worth P21.08 billion, will be taken up at the ICC Cabcom meeting on Friday.

The three PPPs set to be taken up at the Neda Board this week are the P15.92-billion Operation & Maintenance of the Laguindingan Airport; the P2.34-billion Enhanced Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of the New Bohol (Panglao) Airport; and the P122.8-billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike Project.

The two projects to be taken up at the ICC Cabcom on Friday are the P17.88-billion Davao Sasa Port and the P3.2-billion O&M of the Puerto Princesa Airport.

The O&M for the Laguindingan airport also involves the development of associated infrastructure and facilities, as well as the installation of all required equipment to meet applicable international standards.

These include the expansion/construction of new passenger terminal(s), along with all associated infrastructure and facilities as per applicable standards, as well as O&M of the passenger terminals (new and existing) during the entire concession period. The project also includes the development of airside facilities, including, among others, the apron, runway and taxiway and the enhancement/development of airside facilities to meet the enhanced scale of operations at the airport over the required duration.

The Enhanced O&M for the Panglao airport involves the provision of additional facilities and other necessary improvements to enhance passenger safety, security, access, passenger and cargo-movement efficiency and operational efficiency.

The airport is designed primarily to meet the initial requirements for domestic flight operations and possibly accommodate international flights during off-peak hours/nighttime.

Further, the PPP Center said the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike—Calamba-Los Baños Toll Expressway Project entails the construction of a 500-meter high standard highway-cum-dike that runs along the shoreline of the Laguna Lake.

The project also involves the creation of about 47 kilometers of expressway dike with two sections—the Laguna Lakeshore Expresswaay Dike and the Calamba-Los Baños Toll Expressway.