In line with his administration's avowed policy of focusing on public-private partnerships as a way of addressing the Philippines' infrastructure needs, President Benigno S Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 8 on September 9 2010.
The Order renames the existing Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Centre as the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) Centre and transfers it from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
The reorganisation is aimed at more efficiently and effectively implementing the Philippines' development plans by consolidating the coordination and monitoring of PPP programmes within Neda, the designated central planning agency for social and economic development vested with oversight over the programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the government's programmes and projects.
The PPP Centre will be in charge of all PPP programmes and projects including all the variants or arrangements under the BOT Law and joint-venture agreements, among others. In the meantime, the DTI is tasked with the promotion and marketing of BOT/PPP projects.
The PPP Centre has the following powers and functions:
(i) conduct project facilitation and assistance to the national implementing agencies, including government corporations, and local government units (LGUs) in addressing impediments or bottlenecks in the implementation of PPP programmes and projects;
(ii) provide advisory services, technical assistance, training and capacity development to agencies/LGUs in PPP project preparation and development;
(iii) recommend plans, policies and implementation guidelines related to PPP in consultation with appropriate oversight committees, implementing agencies, LGUs and the private sector;
(iv) manage and administer a revolving fund for the preparation of business case, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies and tender documents of PPP programmes and projects;
(v) monitor and facilitate the implementation of priority PPP programmes and projects of agencies/LGUs which shall be formulated in coordination with the Neda Secretariat;
(vi) establish and manage a central database system of PPP programmes and projects;
(vii) recommend improvements to timelines in processing PPP programmes and project proposals, and monitor compliance of all agencies/LGUs;
(viii) prepare reports on the implementation of the PPP programmes and projects of the government for submission to the President at the end of each year; and
(ix) perform such other functions which may be critical in expediting and implementing effectively the PPP programmes and projects of the government.
The PPP Centre is mandated to complete the processing of all qualified solicited PPP proposals within a period of six months.
Marie Corinne T Balbido