PNoy trumps 3 previous administrations in number of BOT projects awarded

The Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS) for the LRT 1 and MRT 3 is one of the BOT projects awarded so far by the PNoy administration. means BUSINESS

MANILA - With three more years left to his term, President Benigno Aquino III has awarded more build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects than any of the three previous administrations.

In a report, the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center said the Aquino administration has awarded to the private sector seven projects. The PPP Center's reckoning however excludes unsolicited projects, or those that the private sector proposed.

"Unsolicited projects were excluded in the assessment as these were initiated by the private sector and are not part of the Aquino administration’s priority list," the PPP Center said.

"BOT projects of local governments were likewise excluded as they were mostly pursued at the local level, in recognition of their local autonomy and independence under the Local Government Code," the agency said.

Created by President Aquino, the PPP Center however didn't indicate whether the previous three administrations' priority lists likewise focused only on solicited projects.

The seven PPP projects awarded so far during the current administration are as follows:

  • Daang-Hari SLEX Link,
  • NAIA Expressway,
  • Automatic Fare Collection System,
  • Mactan-Cebu International Airport projects,
  • Modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center, and
  • School Infrastructure Project Phases I and II.

The awarded projects cost a combined $1.39 billion and are part the pipeline of 54 projects identified by the various implementing agencies out of their priority list.

Under the Ramos administration, only two BOT projects were awarded, namely the Land Transportation Office’s Database Infrastructure Information Technology System and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road of the DPWH -- both costing a combined $128 million.

During the short-lived Estrada administration, only three projects were awarded worth a combined $202 million. 
These were the Civil Registry System Information Technology Project of the National Statistics Office, the Land Titling Computerization Project of the Land Registration Authority, and the Clark Water Supply and Sewerage Project.

Under the Arroyo administration's nine-year term, only one BOT project -- the $35-million Tarlac-La Union Toll Expressway -- was awarded.