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NEDA MIMAROPA conducts PPP orientation for RLAs, SUCs

The NEDA Regional Office (NRO) in  MIMAROPA conducted its orientation on public-private partnership (PPP) for regional line agencies (RLAs), and state universities and colleges (SUCs) on May 18 and 19 through  zoom video conference.

The two-day activity was participated in by more than 100 participants including regional directors, RLA-PPP focal persons, SUC presidents, SUC-PPP focal persons and project development officers in the region.  It is the  second orientation on PPP. The first  was held on April 22  conducted primarily for  local government units (LGUs).

The activity aimed to provide the participants with an overview of the PPP concepts and processes and encourage them to strengthen their capacities in undertaking PPP projects.

In his opening remarks, OIC-Regional Director (RD) Agustin C. Mendoza of NRO MIMAROPA welcomed the participants and recognized the presence of the officials and staff of the  PPP Center. He highlighted the potentials of PPP as a possible source of financing critical projects in the region. He hoped that  participants will see  the positive impact of the orientation through increase PPP projects in the region that will contribute to the attainment of Ambisyon Natin 2040 of a Matatag, Maginhawa, at Panatag na Buhay para sa lahat.

OIC-Chief Jobelle M. Cruzado of the Project Development, Investment Programming, and Budget Division of the  NRO MIMAROPA presented the orientation’s overview, expected outputs, participants’ expectations, and  program of activities.

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Meanwhile, Ms. Dionne Marga M. Larin of the PPP Center presented the following: (a) introduction to the Philippine PPP Program including the Infrastructure Development Program and applicable PPP concepts in the Philippines; (b) PPP Center including its mandate and support to implementing agencies; and (c) PPP legal frameworks including the amended build-operate-transfer (BOT) law and its revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR), 2013 Revised NEDA Joint Venture or JV Guidelines, LGU PPP code/JV ordinance, and other pertinent laws and issuances.

Director Feroisa Francisca T. Concordia of the PPP Center also presented the overview of the PPP processes under the amended BOT law and its revised IRR  including the solicited and unsolicited tracks, and the PPP process under the 2013 revised NEDA JV Guidelines including the JV arrangement concepts, forms and  processes.

Meanwhile, Atty. Lester A. Añonuevo of the PPP Center discussed some of the sample PPP projects including the BOT law and NEDA JV Guidelines projects.

One of the highlights of the orientation was the presentation of the virtual PPP Knowledge Corner (vKC) on NEDA MIMAROPA website which serves as an information hub venue where regional RLAs, LGUs, SUCs, and other stakeholders can access the  updated PPP related information that may help them develop and implement PPP projects.

In his closing remarks, OIC-Assistant RD  Bernardino A. Atienza, Jr. of NRO MIMAROPA  thanked the participants  for their active participation in the orientation and for staying throughout the two-day activity. He reiterated that the orientation was designed to promote and inspire the implementing agencies to venture into PPP. He hoped that the acquired learnings will be applied in their respective agencies and institutions. He also assured the participants that  NEDA and PPP Center  will assist them in the realization of their PPP projects every step of the way.