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RDAP/PPP Applicability Study Follow Up in Cebu Province and Mandaue City, the Philippines

>RDAP/PPP Applicability Study Follow Up in Cebu Province and Mandaue City, the Philippines

We visited Cebu Province and Mandaue City on March 12, 2018 to follow up RDAP/ PPP Applicability Study, which was conducted in 2015 (Cebu Province) and in 2012 (Maudaue City).

In Cebu Province, we discussed the on-going projects and its challenges with the Governor and several provincial staff. Regarding the transportation issues, a 3rd bridge between the airport (Mactan Island) and Cebu Island has been under construction and a 4th bridge is also planned to reduce the traffic. Once 4 bridges are constructed, the expansion of the 1st bridge is planned. In addition, Cebu Province received the permission from NEDA (The National Economic and Development Authority) to introduce MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) system.

In order to respond to the garbage problem, Cebu Province will make another landfill site as a PPP project. We suggested in creating power generation from the waste along with the PPP project, because Cebu Province has a huge population. The Cebu Governor replied that they will first conduct a solid waste management project then move toward the power generation project.

It became mandatory for local governments in the Philippines to prepare a contingency plan against disasters. We praised the progress and recommended that Cebu, which is located in the center of the country, should accommodate national training and a response center against disasters. As for PPP project planning, local governments receive many USP (Un Solicited Proposals) but officers have difficulties on how to evaluate the proposals without proper standards and the methods to make comparisons. We mentioned that we plan to conduct training on VFM (Value for Money) for the local government officials in Indonesia and this kind of training could help the officers evaluate received USPs. The officers in Cebu Province showed an interest thus we agreed to coordinate together to conduct VFM training in Cebu in the future as well.

In Mandaue City, we had a meeting with the Planning & City Development Department. This was the first follow up visit since we conducted RDAP/PPP applicability study in 2012. Thus most of the staff, including the City Mayor had been replaced. After introducing ourselves, Mandaue City explained that they have been conducting 11 proposals (on the issues of transportation, garbage, drainage and the proposals for tourism and increasing tax revenue) out of 17, which were proposed in the RDAP report in 2012. We were happy to hear their progress and agreed to continue our communication to share information including training opportunities in the future.