Applied Planning & Infrastructure, Inc. (APII) is a Philippine registered corporation, formerly known as The Louis Berger Group Phils., Inc. APII provides professional services to public and private clients tailored to their requirements. We undertake subcontracts to complete technical scopes of work and prime contracts to manage projects and programs. We also recruit and assign technical and management personnel integrated into client's teams. With over 25 years experience APII has executed a diverse portfolio of Philippine economic growth, master planning, feasibility study, transport engineering, and rural development contracts funded by USAID, The World Bank, The Asian Development Bank, JICA and private firms. APII's management team brings extensive Philippine experience, particularly in Mindanao, a team of expat and Filipino professionals who have successfully worked together, and linkages to global organizations with specialized expertise.

Clients have included the Office of the President, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, Clark Development Corporation, Light Rail Transit Authority, Pueblo De Oro Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Sagittarius Mines, Inc. and many other private and public sector organizations. APII's team have participated in and managed many of the largest development programs financed by the US Government in the Philippines such as the Rural Infrastructure Fund, the Economic Support Fund Secretariat, The Philippine Assistance Program Support fund, and the Growth with Equity in Mindanao Program.

 

Experience in Feasibility Study, Master Planning and Transport Engineering

Master Plan

Master Plans are more than an inventory of site conditions and concepts for future growth. To attract investment, they must also reflect a shared planning vision and development parameters agreed‐to by the owners, key stakeholders, regulators and investors. Thus, our Applied Planning methodology starts with open communication; "asking", "listening" and "dialogue" focused on solutions. In the process of arriving at a shared vision and planning parameters, we also work to develop an organizational, operational, administrative, regulatory, and policy framework to execute the Master Plan. This shared approach to plan conceptualization ensures:

  • the plan to be developed will be stakeholder‐based and sustainable as commitment will be ensured through "ownership" of the project concepts; and
  • the plan will be implementable as it will be based on a viable framework agreed upon by the players themselves

Our Master Plans are characterized by insightful SWOT analysis and recommendations based on demand and market analysis, physical assessment of the site, transport planning, land use alternatives, economic and cost analysis, environmental and utility infrastructure, work‐life balance amenities, among many factors. Our Masterplans seek to create consensus ‐ a 'way forward' to meet the investment expectations of owners, stakeholders, regulators, and investors. Our master plans are used by all the concerned parties to achieve a common vision, and evolve with the owner's growth; they are not static reference documents.

Financial and Business Plan

A diagnostic review of operations focuses on the three financial statements ‐ Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow Statement ‐ and Regulatory Compliance. The resulting set of conclusions are used as references for project undertakings, and are the basis of institutional and staff capability building.

Our business planners prepare a financial model to help determine the expected level of funding, profitability and value of the enterprise and subprojects within it. More specifically, we:

  • Gather all relevant assumptions that will be used in the preparation of a financial model per transaction. We will review the reasonableness of these assumptions based on information provided by owners, as well as information from publicly available sources;
  • Assist in the conduct of a limited sensitivity analysis to assess the financial boundaries of the Transaction with special focus on determining the appropriate cash flows;
  • Review and provide comments on the computation of relevant financial performance measures such as Internal Rate of Return ("IRR"), Payback, Return on Investment ("ROI"), Debt Service Coverage Ratio ("DSCR"), as well as others as required; and with the assistance of a Tax Consultant, validate the tax assumptions used in the financial model prepared.

 

APII provides infrastructure planning and detailed engineering design services:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • CAD drawings
  • Construction inspection and supervision
  • Specifications and Bid Document
  • Site Assessment
  • Economic analysis
  • Traffic demand

We have worked on a diverse range of transportation projects (roads, urban rail, seaport, and airports) as well community infrastructure in partnership with local government units and donors. Most recently we have completed a business case analysis to establish the Manila Central Subway system for consideration by private PPP investors and a Survey of Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure which helped DPWH substantially expand Mindanao's road network using its General Appropriations Act funding in 2016/17.


We have planned and supervised construction of over 1,000 infrastructure facilities in the conflict affected areas of Mindanao to stimulate community development and economic growth. We were early pioneers in development of the nation's PPP program with our SLEX study leading to the Philippine's first BOT investment. We have executed follow‐up assignments for both DOTC and LRTA leading to expansion of the nation's transport system, most recently providing electromechanical engineering expertise to DOTC and its Japanese program manager to expand Line1/Line2 capacity in Metro Manila.

 

Experience in Environmental Assessment

APII's management team are leading proponents of environmentally sustainable development, having a long history dating back to 1995 in the Philippines when it was awarded the prestigious "Gawad Kalikasan" by DENR and the Philippine Association of Environmental Professionals for the "Best EIA of the Decade". More recently, and for the past 18 years, we've managed the environmentally sustainable design, construction, and concurrently regulatory approval processes, for over 1,000 infrastructure construction projects funded by USAID/GEM throughout the Southern Philippines including bridges, roads, airports, water supply, market centers and other facilities.

By bringing together Stakeholders and Authorities in a consultative atmosphere, we develop an ongoing dialogue with and among them which allows all points of view and inputs to be considered. The evaluations performed, not only consider existing natural resources within an area, but also determine environmental trends and the social soundness of a project. By seeking the views of people which may benefit or be impacted by a proposed project, we help to dissipate apprehension which may arise from perceived social or environmental impacts. This is done by developing alternative programs to mitigate and monitor for actual problems early in the program.

A close working relationship has developed over the years among the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). This relationship has provided a free exchange of ideas and information with regards to evolving needs and regulations, particularly the framework for implementation of the environmental impact assessment system.

 

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