Guam port discusses public-private partnership
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
by Tessa Borja
Variety News Staff
IN a working session held yesterday afternoon, the Port Authority of Guam board and management discussed the costs and benefits of implementing a private partnership through a Performance Management Contract (PMC). Bringing up his experience as the general manager of Consolidated Utilities Services, which is now managed under a PMC, John Benavente gave a presentation on his analysis of how the port could benefit from outsourcing the management of the port.
"Workers are unproductive when they don't have the tools and equipment or the work order processes to make them more efficient," said Benavente.
"For the power entity, for example, the management group gets the parts they need right away. The PMC will have the power to procure, which is one of its advantages," Benavente said.
He added that because the PMC terminates after 20 years or so, the asset always returns to the public. "And you can determine if you want to keep the modifications or developments," Benavente concluded.