Universal policy: PPP is political but nonpartisan

Universal policy: PPP is political but nonpartisan

agraRegardless of who wins in today’s presidential elections, whether he or she belongs to a political party or is running as an independent, this voter expects the next president to be pro-public-private partnership (PPP). Even if I were a voter in another country, I will also demand that a pro-PPP stance must be advanced by candidates and would-be head of state.

PPP should be a universal policy, a nonpartisan program and an inclusive, not an exclusive, development approach. PPP is now a Sustainable Development Goal adopted by the United Nations, and must be recognized as such by the next president.

I believe that none of the presidentiables will dare say they are against PPPs. Conversely, none of them could or should claim that he or she has monopoly over this development strategy. A true proponent of transformation, innovation, participation and development can propagate PPP, build on the gains of previous administrations, not just the current one, and address the deficits and gaps.

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Human-centered: Seeing PPP justice like climate justice

Human-centered: Seeing PPP justice like climate justice

Climate Justice PPP JusticeHow can “climate justice” be likened to “public-private partnership [PPP] justice?” Why is justice even relevant when we talk about climate and PPPs? How can social justice be integrated into PPP and climate justice? What makes PPP just and unjust?

According to the Mary Robinson Foundation, “climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centered approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable people and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its impacts equitably and fairly.”

Per the Alternatives for Community and Environment, “climate justice focuses on the root causes of climate change. As a movement, climate-justice advocates are working from the grassroots up to create solutions to our climate and energy problems that ensure the right of all people to live, learn, work, play and pray in safe, healthy and clean environments.”

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Why audit of PPP contracts by COA the next hurdle

Why audit of PPP contracts by COA the next hurdle

5 PPP AUDIT SCHEMESWhy do some sectors say audit of public-private partnership (PPP) projects by the Com-mission on Audit (COA) is the next hurdle or challenge of awarded contracts? Why is a COA PPP Audit Guide (P3AG) a necessity? Do field auditors fully understand PPPs? What would be the harmful effects if field auditors have differing views on PPPs and varying interpretations of PPP contracts?

  •  Call for consistency. The absence of an official framework for audit of PPP projects and the comments by some that private funds may be subject to COA audit scare PPP stakeholders. Without a P3AG, COA Central officials and field auditors may make inconsistent and unsound audit findings.
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With 7 options, water is the next big thing in PPPs

With 7 options, water is the next big thing in PPPs

12 WaterWHY is everyone into water? What government agencies can pursue public-private partnerships (PPPs) in water?  Who are the end-users and payors of water-related PPP projects? Why choose PPP instead of procurement of water projects? What makes water attractive to investors?

Yes, water is the next big thing. In fact, water is already the “flavor” of government PPP projects, at all levels. To date, close to 20 water-related PPP projects have been awarded by government agencies, water districts and local government units.

Responding to the needs of the communities is the plain reason why government undertakes PPP projects on water. PPPs are meant to address infrastructure and deficits. We need water. Water is a basic human right, which all stakeholders must provide. Build- or rehabilitate-operate-and-transfer schemes, joint ventures, concessions, management and service contracts, leases and divestments are the available modalities.

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PPP in Philippines pop quiz: How much do you really know?

PPP in Philippines pop quiz: How much do you really know?

39 LGU PPP ProjectsHow much or how little do you know about public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Philippines? Should PPPs be understood by ordinary citizens? Is there a broad learning ecology on PPPs? Do stakeholders have a common understanding of what a PPP is and what it is not?

This pop quiz is intended to gauge your basic appreciation of PPPs. Kindly rate yourself “excellent” if you get 13 to 15 numbers correctly; “very good” if you score 10 to 12; “good” if 7 to 9; and “not-so-good” if below 7. But regardless of your rating and score, we must all be conscientious, vigilant
and active stakeholders in PPPs.

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PPP nonstarters and deal-breakers: The six-way test

PPP nonstarters and deal-breakers: The six-way test

6-Way Viability TestWHY the shift from a cautionary stance to an aggressive position? How come there were only 12 public-private partnership (PPP) projects awarded in the past five years, and why the hurry to grant five to seven more in the last few months? What are the drawbacks and threats of rushing the selection of the private- sector proponent (PSP) without addressing all antecedent  issues? Why do we have delayed or failed biddings?

The latest “black eye” to the “rush PPP job” is the failed bidding of the Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike Project (LLEDP), an ambitious bundled project with three components, that of reclamation, expressway and dike. This is just one of many delayed projects in the pre-June 30 pipeline of PPP projects. The LLEDP, regional airports, North-South Rail, Davao Sasa Port, LRT 2 maintenance and Department of Justice prison projects were also delayed or are facing setbacks.

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Are we organizationally ready for PPPs?

Are we organizationally ready for PPPs?

Are our government agencies ready for public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements? Do we have the right leaders, partners and followers? Do implementing agencies undertake PPPs just to join the bandwagon? Do all stakeholders understand what PPP is and what it is not? Do partners share the same vision and trust each other?

PPPs are not just about technical and financials. Organizations must be ready to enter into PPPs. PPP is not for the technically unequipped, knowledge-dependent, innovation-averse, fainthearted and distrustful organizations.

According to Cameron and Quinn, there are four “competing” values in an organization. An organization may be focused just on itself or focused on the market and stakeholders. An organization may give premium to stability and control, or emphasizes flexibility and discretion.

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