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PPP Center identifies 4 big-ticket projects for 2013

The rehabilitation of the Philippine National Railways is one of the four big-ticket projects that the PPP Center will pursue this year. means BUSINESS

MANILA - The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center on Monday said it will pursue four big-ticket projects in the transport and energy sectors to start off 2013.

In a statement, the PPP Center said the Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) Board cleared for implementation the following projects:

-- Plaridel Bypass Toll Road Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH);

-- Manila-Makati-Pasay-Paranaque Mass Transit System of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC);

-- Philippine National Railways (PNR) North and South Lines Development and Extension also of the DOTC; and

-- Batangas-Manila Natural Gas Pipeline Project 1 (Batman 1) of the Philippine National Oil Co (PNOC).

“Our directive for this year is help implementing agencies to carry out what is dubbed as ambitious projects that will have a massive and positive impact on the country’s economy,” Cosette V. Canilao, PPP Center executive director said.

The Plaridel Bypass Toll Road Project will convert the Plaridel bypass road into a toll highway, and would involve road expansion, construction of additional interchanges, flyovers, toll plazas and other miscellaneous works.

The project aims to make the 24.61-kilometer road traverse 5 Bulacan municipalities, namely Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos, and San Rafael.

The Manila-Makati-Pasay-Paranaque Mass Transit System Project will interconnect the 4 cities starting from the C5-32nd Street roadway, running to the EDSA-Buendia-Makati Avenue-Ayala Triangle-Buendia roads, crossing the PNR Buendia Station, LRT 1 Buendia Station to CCP Complex and Mall of Asia, and to EDSA Ayala to complete the loop to Makati Ayala Triangle.

The PNR rehabilitation will cover the entire North and South lines, including branch lines of Tarlac-San Jose in the north, and Calamba-Batangas in the south. A PDMF-funded study will assess the viability of extending the north line to Cagayan.

Besides the transport of people, the project will also look into the possibility of reviving the state-run train's freight business.

The Batman 1 project will involve building a 105-kilometer transmission pipeline for the transport and supply of natural gas to markets located along its route from Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and eventually to Metro Manila.

The project also includes the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving plant and the installation of compressor stations, metering stations, valves as well as control stations and SCADA systems.