CDIA to Study the Prospect of a Tri-City Ferry System in the Philippines

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The cities of Alaminos, Dagupan and San Fernando are all major urban areas along the coast of Lingayen Gulf in the northwestern part of the Philippines.

This common feature has propelled the cooperation among the three cities and the development of a Tri-City Ferry System (TCFS) project to boost connectivity and spur economic growth. Through a project preparation study (PPS), CDIA will provide technical support to the local governments to establish the viability of the project and prepare the documents for a possible public-private partnership (PPP) modality.

“This is an interesting project for us because the perceived sea transport system can provide redundancy to existing transport systems and increase the cities’ urban resilience,” says Urban Development Specialist Brian Capati. “The project can likewise rejuvenate the coastal communities and boost their tourism potential,” he adds.

The PPS will initially look to confirm that the TCFS is an appropriate transport project to be taken forward by the three cities in coordination with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and the PPP Center of the Philippines. CDIA will then conduct a feasibility study on the ferry terminal infrastructure and auxiliary facilities in the three cities including fleet procurement.

It will also determine the most appropriate and financially viable business model for the development of the ferry services; and establish the project cost, investment appraisal and funding arrangements.

Furthermore, CDIA will determine project delivery options, benefits and limitations, the scope, interdependencies and soundness of its technical components; and draft the documents necessary for the call for PPP proposals.

To ensure a more sustainable outcome for the PPS, CDIA will prepare a capacity building and institutional development road map that will review the capacities and financial aspects of the three cities and related project management institutions. They will then identify short-, medium- and long-term interventions to build local knowledge and capacities. Additionally, CDIA will ensure that related good practices and lessons learned from similar projects will be shared with the cities through city-to-city learning exchanges, field visits or events.

The PPS is expected to start in December 2021.

“We are looking forward to undertake this project in close coordination with the three cities and other relevant local institutions, NEDA and the PPP Center of the Philippines, which is CDIA’s longstanding institutional partner in the country,” says Capacity Development Specialist Kathleen Jovellanos, who will manage the CDIA PPS. “We are committed to work closely with them to prepare a robust project with high value addition and project readiness for the private sector to take forward to implementation,” she adds.







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