DoTC lists priority projects for PPP

LRT extension to Cavite bidding in March or April


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The government plans to bid out a contract to extend southwards the Light Railway Transit-1 from Baclaran to Cavite by March or April this year, adding a crucial mass transportation project worth around P45 billion to this year’s pipeline of public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects.

The LRT-1 project is among the big-ticket infrastructure projects to be contributed by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) to the much-awaited PPP agenda apart from large-scale projects to be funded by the government itself to help pump-prime the economy, Transportation Secretary Mar Roxas said in a briefing Monday.

The DoTC is also fast-tracking the construction of a modern international airport in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, to accommodate an increased influx of tourists following the inclusion of the Underground River among the world’s “New Seven Wonders of Nature.” The P4.46-billion project will be funded using bilateral assistance from South Korea. The bidding for the construction of the airport will be held in the third quarter of the year.

Other big-ticket infrastructure projects under DoTC’s responsibility that investors hope to see auctioned this year are the Laguindingan Airport operation and maintenance ($34.9 million), automatic fare collection system for LRT ($7 million), Mactan-Cebu airport new terminal development ($180 million), construction of a new Bohol airport ($158 million) and LRT-2 east extension ($206 million).

Those are indeed the “PPP examples,” Roxas said, adding that other projects could also be added to the pipeline, such as the rehabilitation of Sasa Port in Davao and the passenger terminal buildings in Tacloban      and Cebu.

Roxas said the blueprint for LRT-1 is now with the National Economic and Development Authority and likely to hurdle approvals soon. He added that the government was now working on the terms of reference and might be able to bid out the PPP project for the design and construction of the railway expansion to Cavite.

The vision is to harness private sector money to build the railway extension with the help of land right-of-way acquired by the government, which will separately procure the additional fleet that will run on the expanded railway.

“Subsequently, the government, through ODA [official development assistance], will then bid out the rolling stock and once that’s completed, it will be added to the inventory of vehicles that will ply the route,” Roxas said.

“Whoever wins the design and construction contract will also win the O&M [operation and maintenance] of the entire 28-kilometer railway,” he said.

LRT-1, the oldest elevated railway in the metropolis, runs a 16-kilometer stretch from Monumento to Baclaran, while the expansion will involve an additional 12 kilometers to reach Cavite. Overall, the LRT-1 rehabilitation, including the acquisition of new fleet, will cost P80 billion, of which the railway construction alone will cost P45 billion.

Roxas said the country’s railways would soon be rebranded to follow a color scheme, adopting popular global practice and thus making it easier for tourists and first-time passengers to use the mass transportation system. LRT-1 will be known as the “green line,” LRT-2 as the “blue” line and LRT-3 (also known as Metro Railway Transit-3 along EDSA) the “yellow” line.

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  • W Q

    Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.President John F. Kennedy

    • Anonymous

      Nowadays, it works both ways.

  • Kai Gamerboy

    they should stop calling LRT-1 and LRT-2 as LRTs because they’re not LRTs. If they really want to get the international standard, then better switch the letter “L” in LRT (light) to “M” (metro). The new trains they are using are actually closer to MRT size than LRT. Funny is, MRT-3 is using an LRT train.

  • Anonymous

    I always support government projects especially infrastructures no matter how expensive they are. Hopefully, they will get the lowest or cheapest bidders or contractors who can deliver quality projects.

    Philippines is now seen and called as “Emerging Market” as per world economists recently getting away from old, inappropriate and passé Third World” country title and it needs to support that title.

    Philippines is seen as a promising dark horse tiger economy in next few decades, and it needs to demonstrate reasonable progress in infrastructures, education, health care, and business creations to say the least.

    Gets ninyo?

  • joboni96

    itigil na yang mga ppp projects na yan

    1. government has turned away from its basic obligations
    for infrastructure development

    2. binugaw na tayo ng gobyerno sa mga dayuhan at
    negosyante para pag kwartahan
    kaya taas ng taas ang tubig, koryente, gasolina,
    pasahe, toll at iba pang prinivatize na serbisyo

    3. kita lugaw na ang mga dayuhan sa atin
    dahil kontrolado na nila ang mga economic policy makers

    kung patuloy ito
    siguradong talo na naman si mar
    sa 2013 at 2016

    kahit pareho lang sila
    ng katunggali niya

    • W Q

      Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
      President John F. Kennedy

      • joboni96

        tatanungin pa ba
        ginagawa na laang

  • John Ray Lomugdang

    Nakakatuwa isipin na madami ang gustong maisakatuparan ang mga proyektong ito, yun iba ay hindi na nga mapigilan ang emosyon nila sa pagkainip. Pero mas nakakatuwang isipin na marami man ang gustong gusto ang mga ideyang ito, ito ring mga taong ito ang madalas unang umaangal sa mga balitang kailangan itaas ang pasahe bilang pambayad sa mga proyektong ito. 

    Coming from the private sector who wants to support some projects of the government, we know from experience that implementing these projects take time. The LEGAL bidding process takes time (about half a year to a couple of years at that). Public opinion sometimes makes the timelines worse with the protests and all (illegal bidding processes, fare hikes, etc). So if we really want a project to be done, just keep in mind that these projects were never free. And yes, make comments after you read facts and understood processes.

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