• Govt rolls out small-scale PPP water project

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    THE Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center has rolled out an P84-million water supply project that will distribute water to 24 barangays in Baggao Town in Cagayan.

    The PPP Center on Monday invited interested private groups to participate in the bidding for the initiative that will provide potable piped water to Baggao, a municipality in the easternmost end of Cagayan Province.

    The project, which involves bulk water source development, transmission and distribution to individual household level connections, will serve Baggao municipality’s 24 barangays.

    The 24 barangays, with an estimated population of 21,160, do not have access to level III water service or piped water distribution system that provides water directly to metered connections.

    Residents in these barangays source their water from shallow wells, according to the PPP Center.

    The municipality of Baggao has an estimated total population of 78,200 residents.

    The project will be awarded through a Design-Build-Operate-and-Transfer (DBOT) contractual arrangement following a competitive two-stage public bidding process in accordance with R.A. 7718 or the Philippine BOT Law and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.

    The private proponent will finance, design, and construct the water supply facilities, including bulk water source, storage facilities, and transmission and distribution lines. It will also be responsible in operating and maintaining the said facilities over the 25-year cooperation period.

    In April, Baggao’s Municipal Development Council through Resolution No. 4 approved the project to be undertaken using the PPP mode of procurement.

    The PPP Center said interested parties have until November 9, 2015 to submit their letters of intent and prequalification requirements. An Investors Forum and Project Site Visit are also set to be conducted this October 19 in Baggao, Cagayan.

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