Iloilo City taps private sector help in major infra projects

Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center executive director Ferdinand Pecson (seated left), Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas (center), and Iloilo City Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon on Wednesday sign a memorandum of agreement as the local government taps the center’s assistance in developing a 'robust pipeline of projects' for the metropolis. (PNA)

By Perla Lena

ILOILO CITY — The administration of Mayor Jerry Treñas has tapped the assistance of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center to carry out three major infrastructure projects in this city.

On Wednesday, the city government, represented by Treñas and PPP Center executive director Ferdinand Pecson, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to “provide a framework for cooperation and coordination between the parties and with the goal of developing a robust pipeline of projects” for the metropolis.

“We are very excited about this. I, together with the vice mayor, councilors and the department heads are looking forward towards this relationship with the PPP Center because we are interested first in entering into an arrangement with the private sector partner for the slaughterhouse, waste-to-energy (projects), and markets, as long as we will be able to maintain the upkeep and rentals for the ground floor,” he said in his message before the signing of the MOA at the City Hall Penthouse.

Pecson added the arrangement will allow the city government to “free a portion of the budget” that they can use for other social projects that would benefit the locals.

He, however, said that they will also be on the lookout for possible social concerns that may arise during the implementation of the projects.

“It’s not just about the money, income or cost savings. It’s really a holistic approach and I’m very glad that we are very much aligned in that respect and that really makes it easier for our team to move forward,” Pecson said, noting that their team is already in Iloilo and eager to work with the city government.

Mia Sebastian, PPP Center deputy executive director, in an interview explained that they will assist the city government in developing priority projects.

“We will provide our in-house employees, officials, as well as get assisted by our consultants in order to develop usually feasibility study, business cases on the priority infrastructure projects. Once the feasibility studies have been finished or conducted, we will help Iloilo City in the preparations in what we call the terms of reference for bidding out to the private sector,” Sebastian said.

Treñas has created a PPP Selection Committee that will set into motion possible projects using the PPP scheme.
City administrator Melchor Tan serves as the mayor’s co-chair in the committee. (PNA)

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