Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that a consulting contract has been awarded which aims to privatize the operation and maintenance of the scenic zigzag road going to the summer Capital Baguio City in Benguet Province – the Kennon Road.
“Marking the start of consulting services, DPWH will conduct virtual meeting on February 2, 2021 with the winning consulting firm RebelGroup International BV so we can discuss the pre-feasibility study and project structuring up to the tendering of Kennon Road Rehabilitation to private concessionaries,” said Secretary Villar.
Secretary Villar viewed the privatization of Kennon Road as the long-term solution in the costly maintenance of the 33.7-kilometer mountain road which has long been frequented by landslides, resulting to closures especially during rainy season.
With the help of the private sector, we can expect a more reliable Kennon Road that is not only the fastest but also the safest route from Rosario, La Union to Baguio City, Benguet”, added Secretary Villar.
The first meeting will define the roles and expectations of DPWH and the Netherlands-based consultant; identify key focal persons, deadline of deliverables; and work plan of the Transaction Advisor for the assignment.