6 June 2013
Philippine newspapers have reported that the $1-bn water supply project for Metro Manila could be tendered to the private sector by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) by August or September this year.
The New Centennial Water Supply Source project is expected to be awarded in 2014 and would the first public-private partnership (PPP) deal to be bid out by the MWSS, reports InfraPPP.Â
The feasibility study will be done by end of June and the approval by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) would be expected after 45 days.
The Angat Dam
The water project is part of long-running efforts by the government to find a water source other than the Angat Dam in Bulacan, which supplies 97% of Metro Manila’s needs.Â The project value is estimated at $1 billion.
The New Centennial project, involving at least one new dam, is expected to supply an additional 1,800 million litres a day (MLD) on top of Angat’s existing 4,000 MLD capacity.
Since the launch in 2010 of the country’s PPP program, three projects worth $678m have been awarded, including two road projects and a school infrastructure project.