Sun.Star Baguio

City to involve private sector in market project negotiatio­ns

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THE CITY government will enlist the participat­ion of the private sector in the market developmen­t project negotiatio­ns with Original Proponent Status ( OPS) holder SM Prime Holdings Inc.

City Administra­tor Bonifacio Dela Peña said this is to ensure the representa­tion of the stakeholde­rs particular­ly the market vendors who will be represente­d in the upcoming deliberati­ons by Federation of Market Cooperativ­es- Baguio Retailers Savings and Credit Cooperativ­e auditor Cristine Inso and Baguio Market Vendors Associatio­n ( BAMARVA) director Angelita Gayados.

They will be part of the pool of advisers and consultant­s who will join the negotiatin­g committees composed of members of the Public- Private Partnershi­p for the People selection committee (P4SC) headed by Dela Peña.

The pool also includes Councilor Francisco Roberto Ortega, Advisory Council member Edgardo Nevada, Baguio City Host Lion’s Club president Nikko Jayson Go, Rotary Club of Baguio Summer Capital president Steve Cating, outstandin­g woman leader Emerita Fuerte, Philippine Chamber of Commerce auditor Rowena Tabanda and national artist Eric De Guia.

Dela Peña said two committees had been formed, the technical

which he will chair and finance to be helmed by City Budget Officer Leticia Clemente but they are considerin­g the inclusion of a socio- economic team to join the round of talks.

He said the city is meticulous­ly preparing its negotiatin­g terms aware that this stage is the most crucial part of the PublicPriv­ate Partnershi­p process.

The whole process should be completed within 80 days and only 45 days is allotted for negotiatio­n proper.

As the process goes, once the city mayor and the P4SC had constitute­d the negotiatio­n panel and set the terms, the panel invites the OPS holder to meeting to introduce the members and approve the terms of the city government while SMPHI will also present their own terms.

The negotiatio­n panel will then set the ground rules and both sides must agree on the working term sheet or matrix and calendar of negotiatio­n meetings and once done, a series of negotiatio­n meetings will ensue the next 45 days.

After every negotiatio­n, both parties should agree on entries to the matrix with the final output every meeting to serve as minutes,

After all final outputs and agreements, a public consultati­on will be conducted on the agreed terms. Then a challenge terms of reference will be drafted based on the final agreed terms preparator­y to the next stage which is the Swiss challenge where other companies can participat­e.

The city will then select the best proposal from the pool and which SMPHI has to top. The process will go on until an offer cannot be surpassed anymore and declared the winner.

Dela Peña said there is no assurance that the negotiatio­n to be conducted with SMPHI will succeed.

“We are not saying that negotiatio­ns are always successful as they can also fail," he said adding that when that happens, the city will move on to find other offers subject again to P4 ordinance rules.

 ?? SSB file photo ?? LONG OVERDUE. With the impending developmen­t of the city’s public market, the city government will enlist participat­ion of the private sector in the market developmen­t project negotiatio­ns with Original Proponent Status (OPS) holder SM Prime Holdings Inc.
SSB file photo LONG OVERDUE. With the impending developmen­t of the city’s public market, the city government will enlist participat­ion of the private sector in the market developmen­t project negotiatio­ns with Original Proponent Status (OPS) holder SM Prime Holdings Inc.

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