PPP Center to aid Iloilo City materialize infra projects

7/25/2015 Randomly Candid 0 Comments

PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao
(Photo by Raymart Escopel)
ILOILO City – The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center will be helping the Iloilo City government in materializing various projects here.

According to PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao, among the PPP projects that they are looking to assist in Iloilo include the expansion of the Iloilo International Airport, the development of a railway and the establishment of a government center.

She said that for the expansion of the Iloilo International Airport, PPP Center is asking the private sector to do the operations and maintenance.

Meanwhile, the proposed railway which is seen to curb the problem on traffic congestion in Iloilo City, is still on the preliminary discussion with the Iloilo City government.

However, she noted that the PPP Center will assist in looking for the consultant who will help assess the said project. Once materialized, it will traverse from Iloilo City to the inner towns of Iloilo province.

On the other hand, the government center which will put all the government offices under one roof to provide convenience to the transacting public is also included in the plans of PPP Center for Iloilo.
Canilao said that that they are now looking the possibility of helping in the preparation of the business and feasibility studies of the said project.

“The preparation of the business case will take about four to six months. After the study, we will see if the project is feasible or not,” she explained.

The proposed government center is projected to be located in Passi City or Sta. Barbara town.

Previously, Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog stated that PPP projects will further boost the tourism industries of Iloilo and will bring additional employment and economic opportunities for the Ilonggos.

Aside from the Iloilo International Airport and the establishment of the railroad and government center, PPP Center and the Iloilo City government is also planning to partner for the redevelopment public markets and rehabilitation of some heritage buildings to make it as additional tourism attractions.

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