Awareness: Public-Private Partnership for School Infrastructure Project at Partnerships Awards

The government's newly reorganized Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Program is starting to gain world attention as the Department of Education's (DepEd) School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) has made it as the lone entry from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the internationally acclaimed Partnerships Awards 2013 in the "Best Pathfinder Project" category, a recognition given to public infrastructure projects that demonstrate the best "first of its kind" in a sector or region. Previous winners were mostly from Europe and the Americas. The awarding ceremony will take place at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London on May 23, 2013.

According to the PPP Center, the shortlisting of the DepEd's PSIP to the Partnerships Awards 2013 is a recognition from the global PPP community that the Philippine government is on the right path. The PSIP is the Philippine's first PPP social infrastructure project. It aims to supplement the current initiatives and program of the government to address the current shortage of public school buildings nationwide through partnerships with the private sector.

Under the PSIP, 9,301 classrooms will be built in various sites in Regions I, III, and IV-A Structured under a build-lease-transfer (BLT) procedure, the government will issue annual lease payments to the private proponents for a period of 10 years. As of March 15, 2013, the DepEd had issued Notices to Proceed for over 830 of the total 2,496 classrooms. The DepEd is now bidding out the second phase of PSIP, under which 10,679 classrooms will be constructed in 5,146 public schools in 14 regions nationwide.

The Partnerships Awards is an annual event organized by the United Kingdom-based Partnerships Bulletin and PPP Bulletin International to recognize outstanding achievements in PPP worldwide. The Partnerships Bulletin and PPP Bulletin International are connected in magazine publication and websites that provide updates on partnerships between the public and private sector in legislation, regulation, working procedure, and market potential.

We congratulate the Department of Education headed by its Secretary, Bro. Armin A. Luistro, FSC, and the Public-Private Partnership Center headed by Executive Director Cosette V. Canilao, in their efforts to facilitate the implementation of the country's PPP Program and Projects, a cornerstone strategy for national development aimed at accelerating infrastructure and other development services, in order to sustain national economic growth in the Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

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