Philippines ‘on track' to complete PPP programme

Five PPP projects will be completed by the end of current president Benigno Aquino administration’s term, an official has stated.

Cosette Canilao, executive director of the PPP Center, said that although only a small number of projects will be closed, the overall infrastructure programme will continue after 2016 given the groundwork that is being laid.

"We will finish Daang Hari [road project]. We will finish the two school projects. We will finish the hospital. We will finish the Ninoy Aquino International Airport expressway," she said. "So we have five projects that will be finished in the remaining term of the President.

"2015 will be the height of construction for the projects that will be rolled out in the next few months, and what’s more important to us is to leave a very successful program to the next administration."

Just four PPP projects have been awarded by the Aquino administration since it rolled out the programme in late 2010.

The Daang Hari-South Luzon expressway project was the first, going to Ayala Corp. in 2011. The second, the first phase of the PPP School Infrastructure Program (PSIP), was granted to two consortiums last year, while the NAIA expressway and phase two of the PSIP were awarded this year. The government is still reviewing the sole bid submitted for the Philippine Orthopedic Center project.