By Czeriza Valencia, January 17, 2020; The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Three projects in the cities of Bislig, Iloilo and Ormoc have been granted funding for project preparation and transaction advisory services, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center said yesterday.

Approved for funding support under the Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) last Jan. 9 are the Bislig City Bulk Water Supply and Septage Project, Iloilo City Integrated Solid Waste Management (SWM) Facility Project, and the Ormoc City Water Supply System Project.

The PDMF support covers the conduct of feasibility studies, project structuring, preparation of tender documents, management of the bid process, and assistance until financial close.

The Bislig City Bulk Water Supply and Septage Project aims to provide sustainable potable water supply and proper sanitation to the existing and potential additional service areas of Bislig City Water District (BCWD).

This involves the development of a new water source, construction of bulk water supply and septage facilities, and the operation and maintenance (O&M) of the project.

Iloilo City envisions to have a sustainable SWM solution covering segregation, recovery, recycling, treatment, remediation, and possibly waste-to-energy for its constituents through the Integrated SWM Facility Project.

This project also intends to cater further the adjoining municipalities of Oton, Pavia, Leganes, Sta. Barbara and Dumangas.

The Ormoc City Water Supply System Project, meanwhile, aims to provide the city’s constituents with a sustainable water supply where people can have round-the-clock water access from a bulk water supply facility using a piped distribution network with adequate treatment facility and household taps.

It involves sourcing of raw water supply and the construction and O&M of a water supply facility.

The PDMF is a revolving fund administered and managed by the PPP Center that supports pre-feasibility studies, feasibility studies, and other necessary pre-investment activities to help develop bankable PPP projects.

It also provides for effective monitoring of PPP project implementation.

Its use is governed by a board composed of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Finance (DOF) and PPP Center.

The facility is available for all national government agencies, government corporations, local implementing entities and state universities and colleges nationwide.