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13 projects added to PPP pipeline

THE Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center said 13 additional PPP projects are now awaiting, most of which are local government projects.

“These are in various stages of the project development process. Some are in the more advanced stages, while others are still undergoing investment studies,” PPP Center Deputy Executive Director Jeffrey I. Manalo told reporters last week.

Among the additional 13 new projects are the Pampanga Bulk Water Supply Project worth P18.7 billion, the Civil Aviation and Immigration Security Services project (P16.9 billion), and the Department of Health’s Digital Infrastructure for the Philippine National Cancer Registry and Next-Gen Clinical Research (P2.21 billion).

The PPP Center had also delisted four proposals, — the Cavite Tagaytay Batangas Expressway Project, an unsolicited proposal for the EDSA Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), an unsolicited proposal for the Development, Operations, and Management of the Davao International Airport, and an Advance Passenger Processing and Passenger Name Record project for the Bureau of Immigration.

The delisted projects were either rejected by the implementing agencies or not included in the list of approved projects.

This would bring the total number of projects in the government’s pipeline to 136, valued at P3.03 trillion. Of these, 103 are national projects, while 33 are local.

Some 68 are transportation projects, 25 property development, and 16 information and communications technology.

These were followed by health (7), agriculture and food security (4), power and energy (3), water and sanitation (6). One project involves tourism, and one is yet to be determined.

The PPP Center said that most of the additional projects were unsolicited proposals endorsed to implementing agencies for their decision to proceed with detailed evaluation or rejection.

Mr. Manalo said about five projects are in the advanced stages of the PPP process, and are expected to be awarded by the end of 2024.

Among the projects are the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway expansion project, the expansion and upgrade of Laguindingan Airport in northern Mindanao, the New Bohol Airport, the UP-PGH Cancer Center, and the Dialysis Center for the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

“Those are the five projects that we expect to be awarded by end 2024. And then for possible award by end of this year or next year, (another) three,” he added.

The PPP Center has said that it is seeking to submit 15 PPP projects to the National Economic and Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee for approval this year. — Adrian H. Halili