03 August 2012, Public Information Agency
BUTUAN CITY, Agusan del Norte, Aug 3 (PIA) — The vice mayor of Butuan City has urged delegates of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference to invest in Butuan through the public-private partnership (PPP).
Butuan City has already put in place all the policies and the necessary legislation that would cater to PPP projects, vice mayor Lawrence Fortun said during the opening ceremonies of the conference on August 2 to 4 in a hotel and convention center in this city.
One of the major aspects in the city governmentâ€™s preparation is the passage of the ordinance laying down the guidelines for PPP projects dubbed the â€śPPP Code of Butuan City,â€ť which was authored by Fortun.
Fortun said Butuan City became the first city in the Philippines to craft such ordinance and is now ready to accommodate PPP projects in the city.
â€śContained in the ordinance are the guidelines as well as the 16 modalities of PPP projects and the eligible projects that are offered to the private investors,â€ť Fortun said.
Fortun added that these initiatives of laying down the foundation of PPP projects and joint venture undertakings is a clear manifestation of the cohesive and healthy partnership within the local government of Butuan under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand â€śJunâ€ť Amante.
He also mentioned in his speech the several projects in the pre-implementation stage for which some of these projects is expected to be implemented within the year such as the mini-hydro power plant and the biomass fuel generation which will be undertaken between a local company Equi-Parco Construction Co. and Japanese investors.
It is expected that the coming in of investors that would be willing to partner with the local government and invest in several projects would redound to the benefit of the people of Butuan in terms of jobs and other indirect livelihood. (NCLM/Eldie N. David/BC-VMO-PIA13 Caraga)
02 August 2012, Philippine Information Agency
by Robert Roperos
BUTUAN CITY, Aug 2 (PIA) — A city official here underscored the importance of public-private partnership (PPP) as the city government is implementing this as one of the flagship programs of the Aquino administration.
In an interview, in time with the 62nd Charter Day celebration of this city, Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence Lemuel H. Fortun said under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr., the PPP is among the priority programs of the city government.
True to this, Fortun said the Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved the city ordinance dubbed the PPP Code of the City of Butuan.
He added Butuan is the first in the country to have such a code.
In a press conference Fortun emphasized that the PPP can help boost the economic condition of the area, saying that the local government here cannot do alone in implementing economic development in the city.
Since last year, the city government has partnered with private institutions both locally and internationally.
One of these undertakings is the partnership with the Tokyo University in Japan in its quest to duplicate the solid waste management program of Japan through the said university.
Aside from this, the city government is regularly conducting job fairs during important occasions such as the annual fiesta celebration where private companies are invited to hire employment to the residents of Butuan.
In other development, the celebration of the 62nd â€śAdlaw Hong Butuanâ€ť is highlighted by the inauguration of the Guingona Park, which is being renovated since early this year.
The ceremony was graced by former Vice-President Teofisto Guingona Jr. and Senator TJ Guingona. The Guingonas turned over to the city government the five-hectare lot owned by the family in Barangay Ampayon here for the establishment of the Philippine Science High School.
Thursday, Senator Guingona will give his keynote speech during the opening of the 21st Mindanao Business Conference hosted by the city government, the provincial government of Agusan del Norte and the Butuan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc. (BCCIFI).
The conference will run until Saturday, August 4, and is anchored on the theme: â€śInvest Mindanao: Towards a more inclusive, progressive and greener future.â€ť (RERâ€“PIA13 Caraga)