THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) plans to bid out its biggest public-private partnership (PPP) project, the P152-billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike (LLED), either in December this year or in the first quarter of 2015.
“December or probably first quarter of next year,” DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson told reporters on Monday.
Asked if it is the largest PPP project of the DPWH so far, Singson said, “Yes, P152 billion, that’s the largest PPP by far among our projects.”
Earlier reports said that cabinet members of the inter-agency Investment Coordination Committee of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-ICC) have cleared the project, which involves building an expressway dike that would encircle the Laguna de Bay.
Cosette Canilao, executive director of the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center, earlier said that the cabinet committee of the NEDA-ICC has endorsed the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway Dike (LLED) project for President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s approval.
After approval by the NEDA board, which the president chairs, the project would be offered to the private sector, Canilao added.
The project has the following components:
• A 47-kilometer expressway dike with two sections, namely Bicutan-Calamba and Calamba-Los Baños; and;
• Reclamation of 500-700 hectares of raw land and horizontal development of the same for mixed use.
The project aims to provide a high-standard highway that will speed up traffic between the southern part of Metro Manila and Laguna, as well as a dike that would mitigate flooding in the western coastal communities along Laguna Lake.
The proposed alignment runs 500 meters off the shoreline of the Laguna Lake.
“We just [need to]clarify to the NEDA board some of the environmental issues, but as I said we have time to clarify some of the environmental and technical issues,” Singson said.
He said among the issues that need to be clarified are the height of the dike, the water circulation system, whether it is right to separate the low-lying communities from the new islands as part of the reclamation, and where the new pumping stations will be located.
“Those are some of the technical environmental issues raised,” he said.