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UP Visayas inks MOA with PPP for LGU capacity building interventions

UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Undersecretary Andre C. Palacios, Executive Director of the Private Public Partnership (PPP) Center on May 20, 2016 at the AV Hall, GCEB, UP Visayas , Iloilo City campus.

The PPP Center of the Philippines has the primary mandate to facilitate the implementation of the country’s PPP programs and projects; and provide technical assistance to national government agencies (NGAs), government owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), state colleges and universities (SUCs), local government units (LGUs) and private sector to sustain national economic growth.

In the agreement, the PPP will partner with UP Visayas as its Local Capability Building Institution (LCBI) in the provision of capacity building interventions to LGUs in various locations. The PPP Center, on the other hand, will provide the initial trainer’s training to UPV and will assist in updating its expertise on PPP to help position it as an adjunct learning center on PPP.

The UPV, with the assistance of the PPP Center, will review the LGU’s capacity building needs and provide appropriate approaches with the end goal of enhancing the technical knowledge of the same in undertaking PPP program and projects.

There will also be collaboration between the two parties in terms of the development of required documents and delivery of services relevant to the PPP program, including mechanisms to improve the same. They will also jointly develop and implement the selection criteria for LGU participants. Moreover, the PPP Center will take charge of providing advice on the appropriate modules and learning materials to be developed or utilized in the process.

The UPV and PPP Center will collaborate in preparing a work program that will include developing, adapting, and disseminating PPP related tools, materials, mechanisms and best practices that will aid LGUs in managing and marketing their infrastructure and investment programs. A focal person to oversee the overall implementation of the capacity training program and act as chief liaison with the PPP Center will be designated by UPV.

The signing of the MOA was witnessed by Dr. Evelyn T. Belleza, UPV Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development and Ms. Kathleen B. Geslani, who represented Ms. Feroisa Francisca T. Concordia, the Director of Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Service of the PPP Center. University officials and staff as well as PPP personnel attended the event.

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