Events Calendar Archived (April 2013)

Date: April 23, 2013
Time: 09:00
Venue: C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City

The Partners Meeting was organized by the Health Team of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies on April 23, 2013 at C.P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., Makati City. Generally, the activity aims to present the overview of the project Health Systems Research Management in the DOH and the role of the Institute in its implementation. In particular, the meeting intends to set the tone for working with study teams, to provide a venue for sharing and clarifying expectations of the consultants from PIDS, to update partner-contractors on the status of their studies, and to present guidelines and standards in the overall management of the project. The last objective includes monitoring of each study by the assigned monitor/point person, i.e. communication, coordination, and submission of deliverables. The workshop part of the meeting intends to discuss among the group of each monitor the procurement process and the norms and guidelines in the implementation of the project.
Some of the expectations of the Partners from PIDS include efficient communication and transaction, clear deliverables, streamlined process, respect for timelines, and access to PIDS database. On the other hand, the partner-contractors committed their time and expertise in their respective studies. However, there are bottlenecks that may hinder the smooth flow of the studies. There are partner-contractors who have projects that will overlap with the conduct of their studies in PIDS.
There were no major issues that arise in the workshop of the group. But it was agreed upon that communication between the monitor and the consultants will be via email and mobile phone. The partner-contractors requested for an introductory letter from PIDS in data-gathering and interview of key informants.

Other issues (plenary)
Ethics Review
Peer Review/ers
Access to PIDS database
Change of percentage release per tranche

Date: April 16, 2013
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Venue: Carlos P. Romulo Hall, NEDA sa Makati Bldg., 106 Amorsolo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City

Prof. James Roumasset of the Economic Research Organization of the University of Hawaii gave a lecture on "Financing Infrastructure Development: Getting the Incentives Right" on April 16, 2013 at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies in Makati City. This seminar was organized by PIDS in partnership with the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center.

According to Roumasset, proper execution of public-private partnership (PPP) projects is key to ensuring that benefits accrue to citizens and not vested interests.

PPP"broadly defined as a contractual agreement between the government and a private firm involving the financing, design, implementation, and operation of infrastructure facilities and services traditionally provided by the public sector"has potential particularly in promoting innovation, raising funds, and managing risks, as well as in contract management and project design, Roumasset said.

He noted that long-term investment finance is down globally, with bank lending to developing countries falling sharply in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. Developing countries need to invest $1.2 trillion on infrastructure by 2020 to keep up with demand, he said, citing a World Bank report.

The economist pointed to delays in projects such as the elevated tollway connecting the North and South Luzon Expressways, the development of Clark International Airport in Pampanga as an alternative to the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and mining activity in general.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, NEDA director-general and chairman of the PIDS Board of Trustees, however warned that in the Philippine context, the most dangerous contracts are joint ventures and unsolicited proposals, in which case tariff adjustments must be specified. At any rate, PPP projects go through vetting by Cabinet members, especially projects above P500 million, Balisacan said during the seminars open forum.