The possibility of including four gateway development projects in the Philippine Government’s key infrastructure programme is being reviewed by the state-owned Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
PPA’s general manager Juan C Sta Ana said his agency is looking at developing the ports in Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and General Santos under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.
Sta Ana said: “We are studying the four ports and whether or not to include them in the PPP initiative. If it is not viable to include them in the PPP list, we will finance the port-development projects.”
He added: “We are busy harmonising the results to come up with a win-win solution on how to carry out the privatisation to pave the way for the modernisation of Sasa Wharf, the country’s major port for banana exports.”
The development of Davao Sasa Port on the island of Mindanao involves the construction and modernisation of its port infrastructure, including a new apron, back-up area expansion, linear quay, container yards, warehouses, and the installation of new equipment, such as ship-to-shore cranes and RTGs.