New head named at Philippines’ PPP Centre

The Aquino government has appointed Andre Palacios to lead the charge on progressing the country’s PPP programme.

Andre Palacios, an international corporate lawyer, has been appointed as the new executive director of the Public-Private Partnership Centre in the Philippines.

Starting next Tuesday, he will be taking over from Cosette Canilao, who submitted her resignation last January.

Palacios joined the PPP Centre in January 2015 as technical advisor. He previously worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, serving as assistant secretary in the Office of the President and as general counsel of a government corporation overseeing international development projects under the Millennium Challenge Compact. 

Palacios practiced corporate law with SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan and litigation with Carpio Villaraza & Cruz.

The PPP centre was set up under the Aquino presidency to oversee co-ordinate and promote the country's PPP program. As of last month, the Filipino government had awarded 12 PPP projects, worth about $4.45 billion, to private partners. Three of the projects have already been completed. 

There are 14 projects currently under procurement, for a total budget of $12.36 billion. They include five regional airports, a prison facility, a port modernisation and water project, and three rail schemes.