NEDA-CAR Regional Director Milagros A. Rimando along with PPP Center Executive Director, Undersecretary Ferdinand A. Pecson and partners from regional line agencies, LGUs, SUCs and private sector representatives from RDC officially opened the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Knowledge Corner in NEDA-CAR. (L-R: NEDA-CAR ARD Jedidia L. Aquino, Usec Ferdinand A. Pecson, RDC-CAR PSR Ferdinand P. Gonzales, NEDA-CAR Director Milagros A. Rimando and DTI Regional Director Myrna P. Pablo) – photo by PIA

The National Economic and Development Authority-CAR and the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center of the Philippines launched the PPP Knowledge Corner last  May 28, 2018 at the second floor of the NEDA-CAR Main Building, Botanical Garden, Baguio City. The launching was attended by Director Milagros A. Rimando and ARD Jedidia L. Aquino of NEDA-CAR and  PPP Center Executive Director, Undersecretary  Ferdinand A. Pecson.

Director Rimando welcomed the participants to the launching coming from different line agencies, LGUs, SUCs, private sector representatives from RDC and media. She expressed happiness with this initiative to put a Knowledge Corner in CAR so that more projects can be financed particularly under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” Program. She said the region is very supportive of PPP and expects more PPP projects in the future. She also added that CAR’s economy grew the highest at 12% in 2017 and the region continues to be upbeat on its economic growth and ready to absorb more projects.

Also speaking during the launching was Director Jomel Anthony V. Gutierrez of PPP Center who gave an overview of the PPP Knowledge Corner. On the other hand, USec Pecson discussed the Philippines PPP Program and LGU-PPP strategy as well as the benefits derived by the government from PPP arrangement, such as quality infrastructure.

After the launching, a focused group discussion on PPP followed which was facilitated by Mr. Gebhard Ott, Development Worker for the PPP Center Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA).

The establishment of the PPP Knowledge Corner and the conduct of an orientation is a result of the Memorandum of Agreement between NEDA and the PPP Center signed by NEDA Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia and PPP Executive Director Ferdinand A. Pecson on January 29, 2018.

The PPP Knowledge Corner contains various reference materials on PPP Law and its implementing rules and regulations, guidebook with templates on the preparation of PPP contracts, and the guidelines and procedures for entering into joint venture agreements between government and private entities, among others.  It also aims to bring PPP information and technical assistance closer to LGUs, RLAs, SUCs and other stakeholders at the local level, to enable them undertake infrastructure projects using the private sector as partners.

The PPP Knowledge Corner is accessible to all researchers and development partners Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.