Sunday, 13 July 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Palace hopes to complete all Public Private Partnership projects by 2016

Malacañang said it hopes to finish all 15 projects under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) before President Benigno S. Aquino III steps down from office in 2016.

In a press briefing at the Palace on Wednesday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said some Cabinet secretaries have expressed confidence that the 15 projects under the program will be completed before the President’s term ends.

"But again, we recognize that some of the projects will last beyond 2016," Lacierda said, adding that this is acceptable.

Whether those projects are completed on time or beyond the present administration, the end point is that they must provide the necessary infrastructure in the country, he said.

In December last year, PPP Executive Director Cosette Canilao said the Aquino administration will end its term with at least seven completed PPP projects.

The PPP program, launched by the Aquino administration in 2010, aims to provide viable infrastructure needed to support the government’s goal of achieving inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

During its launch, the administration announced 10 projects, among them the extension of the Light Railway Transit (LRT) and Metro Rail Transit (MRT), new airports and terminals in the Visayas and Bicol, a road linking the North and South Luzon Expressways, and a water supply project in Manila.

Since 2010, the government has awarded five projects -- the School Infrastructure Phase 1, PPP for School Infrastructure Phase 2, Modernization of Philippine Orthopedic Center, Daang Hari-SLEX Link Road, and the NAIA Expressway. PND (as)

Good or bad survey results, government still committed to public service

The government will continue to provide the people better service, regardless of the results of performance satisfaction ratings, a Palace official said on Wednesday.

“We note the survey results and as always, whether they are good or bad for us, we will always strive to better our performance in ensuring that better services are provided to our countrymen,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda told reporters during the daily press briefing.

He was referring to the results of the First Quarter 2014 Survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which showed a six percent drop in the performance rating of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration, from a “very good” +51 in December last year to a “good” +45 last March.

The SWS, a social research institution, classifies net satisfaction ratings of +70 and above as “excellent”; +50 to +69, “very good”; +30 to +49, “good”; +10 to +29, “moderate”; +9 to -9, “neutral”; -10 to -29, “poor”; -30 to -49, “bad”; -50 to -69, “very bad”; and -70 and below, “execrable.”

The survey however noted that despite the decrease, the Aquino government’s performance scores are still higher than the scores of all past administrations.

The present administration’s highest rating was recorded at +66 in June 2013, compared to the highest for a previous government, a “good” +36 in November 1998 during the term of then president Joseph E. Estrada. PND (ag)