BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Bataan luminaries in the persons of former SBMA Chairman Felicito Payumo, Adm. Consultant, Province of Bataan Atty. Ferdinand Rivera (representing Governor Abet Garcia), and Paulo Tibig, the Entre Champ and motivational speaker, caught the eyes of the participants at the 26th North Luzon Business Conference held at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). Attended by more than a hundred business tycoons from the different chambers of commerce in North and Central Luzon areas, said conference was organized by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).
During the plenary, former SBMA Chairman Payumo’s talk focused on “Catalyzing Local Economies thru transportation infrastructure,” while Atty. Rivera zeroed in on the “Emerging Opportunities in Public-Private Sector Partnership” and Paulo Tibig’s topic was on “Nurturing the New Breed of Entrepreneurs”. All three speakers stood out during the 2-day conference.
Atty. Rivera’s presentation on PPP captured the interest of the participants and in the end amazed them especially when he discussed how Bataan was able to carry out successful PPP projects which started when the Sangguniang Panlalawigan passed an ordinance, approving a Provincial Code pursuing a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) approach towards development.
The participants were all in awe when Rivera showed the on-going PPP project, The Bunker building, to house both national and local government agencies, concretizing the One Stop Shop scheme. Said facility will be complex consisting of a government center, 3 BPO centers, 142 business hotel rooms and others complete with amenities, utilities and other facilities for the occupants, employees and the general public of the entire capitol compound.
The businessmen became all the more interested when Rivera mentioned the different projects in the pipeline like, the Integrated Waste management facility, establishment of dialysis centers in district hospitals, Bataan-Manila Integrated Transportation System, lease property for industrial development wherein proposed lease entail the development of idle land into mix-use logistics hub for oil and fuel depot operations and the operation and management of the Mariveles District Hospital. Atty. Rivera also emphasized that the PPP will be cascading down to the 237 barangays of the province wherein they will either adopt the Bataan Integrated PPP code or create their own PPP scheme.
With all these intensified promotion of PPP, Rivera said that the Bataan Provincial Government has now established the PPP and investment center to serve as the central hub for all PPP and investment initiatives.