Gov't mulls PPP for health centers

Posted at 09/06/2012 11:11 AM | Updated as of 09/06/2012 5:19 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Government is planning more social public private partnerships after awarding a classroom project it bidded out last month. 

In an interview on ANC's Inside Business, PPP Center executive director Cosette Canilao said health centers could be next as well as projects for informal settlers.

"Other social infrastructure, maybe we could follow the template of classroom construction into health centers, for example, all over the country," she said. 

"I'm hoping we can use the PPP model to solve our informal setllers problems especially in Metro Manila. We're looking at a model that can solve that as well."

Meanwhile, Education Underscretary Francis Varela said government is keeping its target to end the shortage of classrooms by next year.

"While it has taken us some time to initate this projetc, now that we have completed the first phase, we hope we will be able to build on this and build several thousand classrooms more under the PPP mode. That's very critical because we're addressing the shortages that have built up in our educational system," Varela said. 

The Department of Education last month announced the winning bids for 3 packages under the PPP for School Infrastructure Project, a build-lease transfer contract for the design, construction and maintenance of 9,301 classrooms in Regions I, III and IV-A.

Listed firm Megawide Corp. and a company owned by former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando won the bidding to construct 9,301 public classrooms. - With ANC