Sunday, 4 December 2011

PIA News Dispatch - Saturday, December 3, 2011

More public-private partnership projects to be bidded out next year

Malacanang said more public-private partnership (PPP) projects will be up for grabs next year as the government intensifies its spending, particularly on infrastructure development.

“We’re going full blast by 2012 and we expect more PPP projects coming out… both from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC),” Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in an interview over ANC Television on Saturday.

He said the government is bidding out this year the Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway Road construction project and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) project. There are already interested bidders for the Daang-Hari project and it is expected to be awarded before year’s end.

DepEd is also looking on PPP for the construction of more classrooms, he added.

“The respective Cabinet will be announcing the forthcoming PPP projects,” he said.

Also, Lacierda said, the government has instituted reforms so it can scrutinize projects in the pipe line while at the same time ensuring its speedy implementation.

According to the government, projects that could still be included in the 2011 bidding list will be the P6.8-billion New Bohol (Panglao) airport project, the P8.85-billion LRT Line 2 East extension, the P83.25-billion LRT Line 1 South extension, the P4.14-billion Puerto Princesa airport development project, the P450- to P675-million-a-year Laguindingan Airport O&M contract, and the P6.88-billion New Legaspi airport development. (PCOO)