First Balfour’s First PPP Project Involvement Underway

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has awarded to Unisys the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Project to design, develop and operate Phase 2 of its Civil Registry System Information Technology Project (CRS-ITP2) aimed at enhancing accessibility and increasing speed of service for citizens requesting official documents such as birth certificates.

Aside from maintaining and operating the existing System, Unisys will lead a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project to design, develop, operate and maintain the modernized system. The project’s transformation program includes modernizing the network infrastructure and application system using Unisys digital government expertise. The public private partnership will also provide a nine-story CRS building to house a brand new customer service facility and data center, centralizing the back office infrastructure. Unisys has engaged First Balfour to design and construct the new CRS building. It is First Balfour’s first involvement in a PPP project.

The CRS Building is First Balfour’s first foray into a specialized building project with a complete construction works package. It will be located within the PSA complex along East Avenue in Quezon City and will have nine floors including ground level parking. The scope of work covers civil and engineering, architectural, mechanical, electrical, sanitary and plumbing, and fire protection including fit-out works and supply of furniture and fixtures.

Approved by the National Economic and Development Authority Board in July 2015, this PPP deal signals another promising opportunity for First Balfour to live up to its vision of nation-building and uplifting the quality of life of the Filipino.

In photo: The contract-signing between Unisys and First Balfour on September 29 was attended by (L-R; first row) Tana Abrenica – Unisys Project Manager – BPO Management, Atty. Ces Pallarca – First Balfour Legal Officer, Rey Villar – First Balfour EVP, Anthony Fernandez – First Balfour President and COO, Juan Ingersol Castro – Unisys Project Director – Enterprise Solutions, (second row) Rafael Hernandez – First Balfour BDG Manager, Vicente Lo – First Balfour Legal Officer, Atty. John Villegas – First Balfour Legal Counsel, Sanjeev Wadhwa – Unisys Asia Pacific Regional Director.