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In novel move, Philippines evaluates unsolicited PPPs

The government is reviewing a bid to develop the New Manila International Airport and another for a key highway across Metro Manila.

Philippine agencies have started evaluating unsolicited proposals for two large-scale projects after a revamp of guidelines at the country’s PPP Centre. 

Since the administration of Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ President, announced it would welcome unsolicited proposals as part of its infrastructure programme, the PPP centre has produced new guidelines for both the implementing agency and prospective private partners to help them assess and build unsolicited projects. 

The PPP Centre said several unsolicited bids have been submitted to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works and Highways. 

The Department of Transportation is currently reviewing the New Manila International Airport project, submitted by Filipino conglomerate San Miguel Corporation, while the Department of Public Works and Highways is evaluating a proposal to upgrade the 17.7km Manila-Taguig Expressway. Construction firm Citra Central Expressway Corporation proposes to build this project, which will form part of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3. 

In order to be considered by the government, unsolicited proposals are required to meet several conditions: the plan should involve a new concept or technology, and should not be included in the list of priority projects; no direct guarantee, subsidy or equity from the government should be required and it should not be a part of an approved scheme. 

For three consecutive weeks, the government will call for comparative or competitive proposals. If no rival bids are received within 60 working days, the original bid will be considered.