Philippines nationals: BCDA/NGAC Water and Wastewater Tariff Specialist

Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA or the “Client”) is a development corporation under 
the Office of the President of the Philippines. BCDA is vested with corporate powers under Republic Act 
(RA) 7227 (Bases Conversion and Development Act of 1992). BCDA is mandated to transform former US 
military bases into alternative productive civilian use. It aims to create economic opportunities in the 
country through its establishment of integrated developments, business centers and communities. BCDA is 
in charge of the redevelopment of the former US Clark military base as a new city. New Clark City (NCC) 
will be Philippines’ first smart, green and disaster-resilient city. It is located in a rapidly growing 
area approximately 100km north of Manila, in the municipalities of Capas and Bamban, Tarlac Province. 

The Office of Public–Private Partnership of the Asian Development Bank (ADB OPPP) has been mandated to 
act as transaction advisor for the Client with focus on Infrastructure Packages within NCC that can be 
procured through public–private partnerships (PPP). The list of Infrastructure Packages where OPPP is 
expected to advise includes transportation, solid waste management, gas distribution network, 
information, technology and communications infrastructure, affordable housing, power, food terminal, 
water and sanitation, etc. To date, OPPP, as transaction advisor to BCDA, has already closed three 
Infrastructure Packages under JV modalities (90% private sector, 10% BCDA), namely: 

	National Government Administrative Center (NGAC): this PHP13 billion project reached financial close 
in May 2018 and is being developed by Alloy MTD of Malaysia. 
	Water and Wastewater (W&W): this PHP10 billion project reached financial close in December 2018 and is 
being developed by a consortium of companies led by Prime Water Infrastructure Corporation of the 
	Power Distribution (PD): this PHP6.3 billion project reached commercial close in April 2019 and is 
being developed by a consortium of four companies consisting of Meralco (Philippines) as well as 
Marubeni, Chubu Electric and Kansai Electric (Japan). 

Under the Water and Wastewater Project, there are two regulatory bodies for the regulation of water and 
wastewater. The water tariff is regulated by National Water Resources Board (NWRB) whereas BCDA will be 
the regulator for the wastewater tariff. BCDA is seeking OPPP/AP3F Project Performance Monitoring 
assistance for setting up the water and wastewater tariff regime for the Water and Wastewater Project. 
The Tariff Specialist – Water and Wastewater (the “Specialist”) will work along with the Regulatory 
Specialist – Water and Wastewater and the local legal counsel to frame the water and wastewater 
regulations and set up the water and wastewater tariff regime for New Clark City and support BCDA in 
setting up the regulatory framework.

Scope of Work
The scope of work will primarily involve setting up the regulatory and tariff framework for the water 
and wastewater regulations for the New Clark City Water and Wastewater project, with NWRB as the 
regulatory authority for water and BCDA as the regulatory authority for wastewater. 

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
The Specialist will engage with the Client and other external consultants as required. 
1.	Review of background information (e.g. joint venture agreement, BCDA JV guidelines, regulatory 
filings, etc.) to understand the Project context;

2.	Benchmarking of the tariff regime for water and wastewater in the Philippines to other countries to 
obtain the best practices in policy and execution;
3.	Review the financial model of the concessionaire and create a separate model for NWRB’s and BCDA’s 
use for calculating tariff adjustments for water and wastewater, separately;
4.	Provide advice on matters in relation to tariff setting including but not limited to the following:
a.	Tarif goals
b.	Tariff setting and the rate design process
c.	Tariff regulation
d.	Wastewater rate adjustment
e.	Sanctions
f.	Assets entitled to return
g.	Rate of Return computation flow

5.	Assist in drafting the wastewater regulatory guidelines for New Clark City and reviewing the NWRB 
water regulatory guidelines, working along with the Regulatory Specialist and the local legal counsel;

6.	Assist BCDA in setting up the Wastewater Regulatory office with BCDA as the regulatory authority;

7.	Assist in drafting an internal operational note on the workings of the tariff regime;

8.	Conduct training seminars for BCDA personnel to educate them on the workings of the regulatory office 
and wastewater tariff regime along with the Regulatory Specialist and the local legal counsel; and

9.	Assist the Client in all water and wastewater regulatory aspects relevant to the W&W project and 
coordinate with the other consultants.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
The Specialist should possess at least a bachelor’s degree in the relevant field along with a minimum of 
10 years of experience in project financial and economic analysis. The Specialist shall have extensive 
experience in the water and wastewater sector. Tariff and financial analysis experience in water and 
wastewater projects in the Philippines is preferred.