Infra development tackled in meeting

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Development in infrastructure and the effective delivery of basic services in urban and rural areas were topics in the first Multi-Sectoral Governance Coalition (MSGC) meeting in Pasig City Friday.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) initiated the 1st Multi-Sector Governance Coalition meeting between DPWH and MSGC external stakeholders from civil society, professionals, end-users, media, service providers (contractors and consultants), academe, and government agencies.

The stakeholders said the discussions can contribute to the efforts to improve infrastructure development that includes such as aspects as monitoring, planning and budgeting.

Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) President Francisco Eizmendi Jr. said the setting up of the DPWH-MSCG meeting is part of the institutionalization of the DPWH Performance Governance System, which as presented by Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Raul Asis, is advocating to reform the organization and re-orient its employees, optimize resources, and improve efficiency.

MSGC is organized as an advisory body to provide the DPWH advice and opinion on how to accomplish the goals and objectives of the DPWH strategy map and the transformation program.

MSGC is expected to conduct periodic assessments of DPWH projects and performance and come up with periodic road sector status report, including public perception survey to improve transparency and accountability.

MSGC, which maybe a venue for communicating the policies and strategic direction of the DPWH, will also serve as feedback mechanism for the latter to ensure its responsiveness as well as effectiveness in addressing issues and concerns.

MSGC will also contribute and share technical expertise to support the DPWH strategy such as Public-Private Partnership, and encourage investments to tap private sector participation and ensure alignment of objectives from the different sectors and consultative bodies.

Alexis Acasio of University of the Philippines-College of Engineering was chosen to be the DPWH MSGC chairperson for the next two years.

Leaders and representatives who attended the meeting belong to Bantay Lansangan, National Competitiveness Council, Council of Engineering Consultants of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Philippine Constructors Association Inc. (PCA), National Press Club, and UP-College of Engineering.

original source: The Manila Bulletin