September 07, 2016 / DILG

“Public-private partnership may just be the answer to our problem in meeting the infrastructure demands of our country. This collaborative undertaking is a win for both the government and the private sector, and most of all, the public who will benefit from the services,” said Sueno during the launch of the Public-Private Partnership for the People (P4) Initiative for Local Governments (LGU-P4) at the DILG-Napolcom Center yesterday.

He said that among the many benefits of LGU P4 is that the agency which teams up with an LGU can help look for partners to finance their program or project.

“Like sa (kaso) ng Zamboanga Sibugay Province: pumunta dito ang mga mayors nila para sabihin na may mga bayan sa kanila na walang mapagkukunan ng inuming tubig at para sa irigasyon. So I asked our PPP people at saka ang World Bank: both expressed their willingness to help not only financially but also in capability building,” he said.

The Secretary said he is pleased that the public-private partnership is already being implemented by some local executives in their area of jurisdiction even before the project was officially launched.

One example is the local government of Valenzuela City through the leadership of Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian who have completed two projects via public-private partnership.

In line with this, Sueno recognized the efforts of the volunteer partners of the DILG particularly Atty. Alberto C. Agra who agreed to work as a consultant for the Department at P1 a year salary, and is currently the DILG Advisor on LGU P4.

DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero, also present during the event, said LGU P4 is not only about infrastructure development, but also on providing faster and better basic services to the people.

“We encourage our partners to really support the effort of the national government in accelerating development in the countryside,” said Panadero.

Also present during the launch and signing of the memorandum of agreement on LGU-P4 were: DILG Undersecretaries Emily Padilla and John Castriciones; Director Anna Liza Bonagua of the Bureau of Local Government Development (BLGD); Jose Luis Yulo, Jr., President, Chamber of Commerce of the Philippine Islands; Crisanto Frianeza, Secretary - General, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Atty. Edmund Abesamis, Liga ng mga Barangay/ Secretary - General, Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP); Valenzuela City Mayor Rexlon Gatchalian; author and former acting Justice Secretary Justice Alberto C. Agra; Zamboanga del Sur Congresswoman Divina Grace Yu; and Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis Singson, National President, League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), among others.?