By DONNA C. DEBUTON
April 14, 2016
CALBAYOG CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) amplifies its partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Local Government Unit (LGU) through a meeting in strengthening its capacity in Project Preparation and Implementation of Devolved Infrastructure Projects held at the DPWH-Head Office, Manila, on March 31, 2016.
DPWH-Undersecretary for Regional Operations Romeo S. Momo presided the said meeting with the presence of Assistant Secretary for Luzon Operations Eugenio R. Pipo, Jr. and Assistant Secretary for Visayas-Mindanao Operations Dimas S. Soguilon, together with the Directors of Planning Service (PS), Bureau of Design (BOD), Bureau of Construction (BOC), Bureau of Maintenance (BOM) and Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS), and selected District Engineers (DEs) from different District Engineering Offices (DEOs) nationwide, including District Engineer Virgilio C. Eduarteof Samar First DEO. Agenda of the said meeting focused on the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) entered into by the DILG and DPWH, represented by Honorable Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento and Honorable Secretary Rogelio Singson, respectively.
Highlighted in the MOA are the roles and responsibilities of DPWH to provide technical support to the DILG in the formulation of a capacity development program towards its city and municipal engineers in project preparation and implementation. Designate DEs and other qualified personnel of DPWH will act as resource persons, mentors and coaches to local government engineers during the course of the capacity development program.
The DILG, on the other hand, will take the lead in the formulation of the said program, provide support to DPWH in the development of an Accreditation System for city/municipal engineers and shall ensure the cooperation and participation of the LGUs in the capacity development activities and compliance in the Accreditation System. Both agency is mutually responsible to communicate and coordinate with each other for the conclusion of the objectives of the agreement.
Tackled also is the subject’s suggested framework having goal to improve the quality of life of LGU constituents through efficient service delivery. One of the main objectives of the framework is to accredit City/Municipal Engineers as technically capable to prepare required documents and implement infrastructure projects.
The partnership serves as an avenue and motivation for the concerned departments to strongly tie-up their duties and responsibilities in order to deliver quality infrastructure, facilities and services to the general public.