Outgoing PPP Center head assures continuity of projects despite resignation

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(File photo) Outgoing Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Outgoing Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center Executive Director Cosette Canilao assured the continuity of the Aquino administration’s PPP projects despite her resignation.

In a press conference on Tuesday (February 23), Canilao revealed that the phase two of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway Project will be completed before President Benigno Aquino III steps down in June.

Related: Two more PPP projects expected to be finished before Aquino's term ends

The NAIA Expressway is a four-lane 7.15-kilometer elevated expressway that will provide easy access to and from NAIA terminals 1, 2 and 3, and connect the Skyway and the Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (Cavitex).

Canilao also vouched on the completion of the PPP School Infrastructure Project (PSIP), or the construction of 9,300 classrooms in the Ilocos, Central Luzon and Calabarzon regions to reduce classroom backlog.

The PPP Center is a specialized body mandated to oversee and review the implementation of the PPP Program and projects.

Who will replace her?

After serving the PPP Center for over five years, Canilao explained she is leaving her post to take care of her 10-year-old-son, saying this is the critical stage in child growth.

Her resignation is effective on March 8.

She recommended Atty. Andre Palacios, a PPP Center consultant, to replace her.

She also suggested that the center be part of the president’s Cabinet, saying this would streamline and fast track the process of building infrastructure in the country.

Related: First PPP project under Aquino opens

Next PH president expected to continue PPP projects

During the one-day conference on PPP projects, Director for East Asia Vivek Pathak of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) said he hopes the next Philippine president will continue the PPPs in the pipeline.

The conference also highlighted the processes and challenges of PPP projects in the Philippines and around the world.

CNN Philippines' Rex Remitio contributed to this report.