PPP projects vital to Asean connectivity

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Fifteen infrastructure projects under the country’s public-private partnership (PPP) program were cited as

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vital to enhancing connectivity within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the PPP Center said on Thursday.

According to the agency, the World Bank’s Singapore Infrastructure Hub has identified airport, rail, port and road projects under the PPP program as essential infrastructures to realize the Master Plan for Asean Connectivity (MPAC).

The MPAC, which was adopted by the regional bloc in 2014, is a plan to improve physical, institutional, and people-to-people connectivity in the region.

These projects include the operation, maintenance and redevelopment of the airports in Puerto Princesa, Iloilo, Davao, Bacolod, New Bohol and Laguindingan as well as the Ninoy Aquino International Airport itself; upgrading of the San Fernando Airport; the Davao Sasa Port modernization; North-South Commuter Railway (South line); the operation and maintenance of LRT Line 2; NLEX East Expressway; Central Luzon Link
Expressway-Phase II; the improvement and operation and maintenance of Kennon Road and Marcos Highway; and the Plaridel Bypass Toll Road.

The PPP Center pointed out that these connectivity projects directly link the Philippines to its Asean neighbors and the rest of the world.

Once these infrastructure projects are in place, the agency said transportation costs in all segments will be reduced, paving way for the exchange of more goods and services.

At the same time, the new infrastructures will facilitate faster and better travel that could potentially boost local tourism, it added.

To date, the Center noted that eight PPP projects worth a total of P127 billion have been awarded by the government while 50 more are in the pipeline. Of those 50, at least 12 projects are currently in the procurement stage and nine more are expected to be rolled-out within the year, the agency said.

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