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Mayor Gomez, Usec Pecson ink public-private partnership deal

ORMOC CITY – On September 3, 2019, Tuesday, the Fifteenth Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Ormoc passed a resolution, sponsored by SP Member Benjamin S. Pongos, Jr. (Chairman, Committee on Laws & Ordinances), granting authority to City Mayor Richard I. Gomez to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for and on behalf of the Local Government Unit of Ormoc (LGU-Ormoc) with the Public-Private Partnership Center (PPP Center) represented by Undersecretary and Executive Director Ferdinand A. Pecson.

With USec Pecson were Atty. Mia Mary G. Sebastian (Deputy Executive Director), Atty. Maria Lerma L. Advincula (Director IV, Project Development and Monitoring Facility Service), and John Dominic Zafe (Project Manager).

This is in relation to the city’s collaboration with the PPP Center on potential PPP projects for Ormoc City.

The MOA spelled out the technical assistance that will be provided by the PPP Center, in various aspects of the PPP Code formulation and implementation of the city’s PPP projects.

The PPP Center is also a government agency, it being attached to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). It serves as the government’s facilitator and catalyst in pursuing and delivering PPP projects. It provides technical assistance to National Government Agencies (NGAs), Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs), Government Financial Institutions (GFIs), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and Local Government Units (LGUs) as well as the private sector, to help develop and implement critical infrastructure and other development projects – from project preparation, managing of the project development facilities, providing project advisory and facilitation services, down to monitoring and empowering agencies for various capacity-building activities.

Eligible types of PPP projects, accordingly, include but are not limited to transportation systems, power generations, telecommunications, agriculture, water supply, solid waste management, tourism facilities, education, health facilities, government buildings, climate change mitigation, and other infrastructure/development projects.

As of August 2019, there are already 75 local PPP projects that are in different stages of development and implementation – 4 in Metro Manila, 20 in Luzon, 24 in Mindanao, and 27 in the Visayas region. Most of these PPP projects are government property developments, solid waste management systems, and water supply & sanitation.

According to Atty. Sebastian, they are keen to work with a progressive city such as Ormoc. “We are the same with you in pushing towards economic development through infrastructure development,” said Atty. Sebastian. According to her, one effective way towards economic development is tapping the private sector as a partner in providing vital public services to the constituents and communities.

It can be remembered that Mayor Gomez announced that he would focus on infrastructure development, among others, during his second term. And, accordingly, improving the Lake Danao Water System is his administration’s top priority. “We will be proposing to provide source of water from Lake Danao to serve potable water throughout the city,” said MRG.

Lake Danao is a guitar-shaped lake in Ormoc, which covers an area of 148 hectares, and is situated in the 2,193-hectare Lake Danao Natural Park. It has a surface elevation of 650 meters and a mean depth of 80 meters. MRG then expressed his deepest thanks to the Fifteenth Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Ormoc for passing the resolution. “I’m very thankful sa Sanggunian for approving this MOA. The PPP Center will be a big help in crafting our PPP Code and also they’ll be helping us with our feasibility study for the Lake Danao Water Program. This is a big step in the endeavor of the city. We can see that everything started on the right path so I’m hoping na tuluy-tuloy na ‘to so that Ormoc will be more progressive,” said MRG. By Dailyn Cabarse

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