Pushing PPP At LGU Level (Part 2)
A few years back, USAID identified three international port cities that can replace Manila as the major international port of the Philippines. These were Batangas City in Luzon; Iloilo City in the Visayas; and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao. Some CRC economists were involved in these studies and are now ensuring that at least one of them, Batangas City, can benefit from the Build Build Build push of the present Administration. The LGU of Batangas province is recognized for its progressive thinking and the competence and integrity of its officials. Its officials have identified three major infrastructure projects that can hasten the transformation of the province into another megapolis rivalling Metro Manila in the next ten to twenty years. CRC professionals have identified these projects for possible PPP funding at the LGU level. They are the Batangas International Cargo Airport; the expansion of the Batangas Seaport (Phase IV) and the Batangas-Calamba Railway Spur Line.