The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in partnership with the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center launched the PPP Knowledge Corner (PPP-KC) at NEDA-Caraga last April 24, 2018.

This initiative forms part of the government’s strategy to engage more local implementing agencies in rolling-out bankable and viable PPP projects in the countryside as it builds on the Administration’s thrust to expand development in the regions and spread economic growth outside Metro Manila.

NEDA Undersecretary for Regional Development Office (RDO) Adoracion Navarro, NEDA-Caraga RD Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, and PPP Center Director for Capacity Building and Knowledge Management Service Division Jomel Anthony Gutierrez spearheaded the ribbon cutting that formally opened the Knowledge Center.

The knowledge corner will serve as an information hub, where updates and facts on PPP can be accessed by local government units (LGUs), government implementing agencies, and other stakeholders through learning materials, sharing of knowledge, capacity building, and provision of technical assistance.

Together with various implementing agencies, the PPP Knowledge Corner, in close coordination with the PPP Center, will provide technical advisory services in the entire life-cycle of the critical PPP infrastructure and development projects – from development, approval and procurement, to implementation and monitoring stages. This is to ensure that projects are well-structured and highly beneficial to the public.

During the opening ceremony, Usec. Navarro emphasized the country’s current physical environment that is now progressively being characterized as having a balanced and strategic development of infrastructure while ensuring ecological integrity.

“As the current administration embarks on the Build Build Build Program, the period 2017-2022 will be branded as the “golden age of infrastructure” in the Philippines. With that, the government aims at greater complementation of different modes of financing and looks at PPP as the financing mechanism that would not only provide additional sources of funding but also stimulate innovation and technology transfer for better delivery of public goods and services,” Usec. Navarro explained.

PPP is a contractual arrangement between the government and a private partner targeted towards financing, designing, constructing, operating and maintaining infrastructure facilities and services that is implemented through Republic Act (RA) No. 6957 otherwise known as Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law, as amended by RA 7718.

Municipal mayors, local planning officers, and representatives from various water districts, chambers of commerce, and regional line agencies attended the launching.

Gladys C. Giberson, NEDA-Caraga